June 14th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
Sherri Shepherd says the Tracy Morgan she knows is not the man who took to the stage recently to deliver anti-gay remarks.
"The Tracy I know has a beautiful heart," "The View" co-host, who also plays Morgan's wife on "30 Rock," told CNN on the red carpet of Monday night's tribute to singer Stevie Wonder.
Shepherd, who portrays sassy and long suffering "Angie Jordan" on the hit NBC show, said she believes Morgan has learned a lesson following the firestorm of criticism surrounding his remarks, which includes condemnation from friends and his network boss."I think Tracy’s realizing you have to be careful what you say because you represent so many more people than just you," Shepherd said. "Anything you say affects everybody you work with."
The actress said she is pleased that Morgan has since apologized and is now working with Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to return to Nashville and make amends.
Shepherd said she believes her television spouse will survive the controversy.
"It sounds like his apology is very sincere and I am glad he is making amends," she said. "Tracy Morgan is funny. I don’t think this is going to keep him down."
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