January 20th, 2012
01:57 PM ET
As “30 Rock” often does, the NBC sitcom drew humor from real-life on last night's episode.
The show used Tracy Morgan's character Tracy Jordan to address the actor's homophobic rant at a Nashville, Tennessee, comedy show.
NBC, Morgan and series creator and star Tina Fey all issued formal apologies for Morgan's behavior after the incident in June. And last night's episode of "30 Rock" played out like one last, comedic "I'm sorry."
Interrupting Liz’s blissful morning with her new boyfriend Criss (James Marsden), “The Today Show” reported that Tracy was caught on tape saying offensive things about gay people.
Liz rushed to work and berated Tracy, asking him why he had to offend the gay community, “the most organized of all the communities." She then reminded him that many of his co-workers are gay (though, when it came to Lutz, they agreed “that one’s a puzzler”).
Liz told Tracy, “You’re a public figure and, believe it or not, the dumb things you say may influence or hurt people.”
In damage control mode, Liz issued a statement, calling Tracy an idiot.
Horribly offended, Tracy organized his people, the idiots, and they staged a protest - complete with celebrity spokesperson Denise Richards.
Tracy wasn’t Liz’s only problem. Jack didn’t approve of Criss, who video-chatted Liz to tell her that he got funding for his organic gourmet hot dog truck. He held up the check, signed by Jack with the memo, “I used your bathroom.”
The episode ended with a cliffhanger. Will Kelsey Grammar save Pete from "mercury poisoning"? Will the idiots keep Tracy’s promise to “be here every day. Misremembering movie quotes"? And what will happen with the Liz-Criss relationship?
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