October 11th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
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."
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