Tracy Morgan: Homophobic remarks a 'misunderstanding'
October 11th, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Tracy Morgan: Homophobic remarks a 'misunderstanding'

Although Tracy Morgan could've told David Letterman on Monday's "Late Show" that he was tired of talking about his stand-up performance that caused massive controversy over the summer, the "30 Rock" star chatted about it anyway.

Letterman brought up the situation, which began after Morgan went on a homophobic rant during a comedy show in June. Among his remarks was the comment that he'd "stab his son to death if he said he was gay," reported one show attendee.

Morgan apologized, and he told Letterman on Monday of the incident, "At the end of the day, I'm a comedian. I try to use my gift that God gave me to help the world, to heal the world. Not to hurt anyone. I was hurt because people came to the show who were bummed out, so I apologize to those folks who came and were bummed out."

When the "Late Show" host tried to pin down Morgan's anti-gay statements, the comedian said that he would never harm his son if he admitted he was gay, and that he can't even remember exactly what he said.

"I just think it was a misunderstanding. I was up there working," he told Letterman. "[Y]ou have networks, maybe like Comedy Central, where it's premise, set-up, punchline, premise, set-up, punchline...but I came up under the old regime, George Carlin and all these people. I have to get to [my point]. I guess it became a big, big misunderstanding."

So what was it, exactly, that caused people to get so upset?  "I can't remember, that was 50 shows ago," Morgan said.

"Whatever it was, I do comedy in the spirit of Richard Pryor, and George Carlin, and all the people like yourself. I see people sometimes at shows with cell phones just right there, and I have to tell them please, when you come in a comedy club, that's the place where we make fun of everything that's going on out there."

Letterman told Morgan that he's on his side - after all Letterman said, "Nobody has made more apologies in his lifetime than me. I'm always apologizing."

Filed under: Celebrities • Late Night comedy

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  3. Hootie and the Buttfish

    The only thing likable about Morgan is he does eat his own buttSquirts.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tim

    Tracy Morgan is a bigot. I will boycott the sponsers of any network that gives him a show.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. derp

    Nig ger, nig ger, nig ger.

    Oh, my bad, that was a misunderstanding.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. loJenk

    October 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. loJenk

    October 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. be quiet

    mentioning his name in the same breath as Richard Pryor and George Carlin is the worst offense of all!

    October 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cosmo Kramer

    You guys should be careful about calling black people names... you do recall what happened to me, right?

    October 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Christopher

    "Stab his son to death if he said he was gay"

    What part of that did we "misunderstand"? Seemed blatantly, brutally clear to me. And not in the least bit funny.

    Mr. Morgan needs to have a change of career.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tracie

    He acts gay anyway. Plus he is a black which is a double insult.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthful

      Wow...can't believe people like you are still allowed to suck in air. Well you have an ugly heart and probably an uglier face so that makes you a double insult to society as well.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      You are one ignorant b***! I hate that your mom had you! I'm sure something traggic will be happening to you soon, trust me!

      October 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      Poof be gone b****

      October 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • r0xmyface0ff


      October 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |

    it'S Tha truth!

    October 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NANCY

    Them black folk is funny.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alice

    I think I saw Morgan on COPS saying basically the same things... "I didnt do it, I swear to Gawd u can caw my mama." OR "It my cuzin car, suh. I ran cub I b scade."

    Excuses followed by more of the same.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jenna talia

    He shouldnt worry aboot it. Me and my friend Tess Tikul thought he was funny.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |

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