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For the first time since he caused an uproar in Nashville, and then proceeded to make a round of apologies and appearances, Tracy Morgan took to the stage on Saturday night for a stand-up routine.

He appeared on stage at Caroline's in NYC and immediately told the audience he was gonna be "mellow."

But that's far from the style that has made the 30 Rock star famous, of course, as went on deliver jokes about masturbation, ejaculation, the female anatomy and other topics that had the crowd in stitches.

Tracy Morgan is Sorry

About 45 minutes in, Morgan said: “You’re all sitting here waiting for me say something about the controversy, right? I’m 42, man, and now all of a sudden I’m homophobic?”

He then joked: “My father was the lead singer in the Village People. I would sing the ‘Y.M.C.A.’ the loudest. I was sitting right there when he wrote the song."

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The Tracy Morgan Apology Tour stopped by Nashville yesterday, the city where the comedian got himself in trouble on June for making strong anti-gay remarks.

The 30 Rock met up there with Kevin Rogers, the man who first reported Morgan's rant on Facebook. He apologized to him (Rogers accepted) and also to another couple that attended that show.

""From the bottom of my heart I apologize to everybody who I offended with my words on stage in Nashville or anyone else." Morgan said at a press conference put together by GLAAD. "To err is human, to forgive is divine."

Elke Kennedy, whose son was killed because he was gay, was present at the event.

Morgan's trip follows a similar one he made to New York over the weekend, where he met with troubled teens who had been kicked out of their homes due to their sexuality.

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Tracy Morgan has kept his word.

The comedian, who came under heavy fire for going off on the gay lifestyle during a set in Nashville this month, apologized last week and made plans to meet with teens who had suffered due to their sexuality.

He did just that yesterday.

During a meeting organized by GLAAD, Morgan spoke with Jayden Love and Raciel Castillo, gay teens who were forced to live on the streets after getting the boot from their families.

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Every now and then, The View panelists actually engage in an interesting discussion.

Such was the case when the topic of Tracy Morgan, his recent anti-gay rant on stage and subsequent apology came up this week on the talk show.

Whoopi Goldberg didn't defend Morgan's specific outburst, but did speak from experience as a comedian when she said this stuff just happens occasionally on stage: "Sometimes we step in it and it’s bad, and this is one of those times... when a comic has gone over the line and realized it. Not just because people told him, but because he realized it."

Sherri Shepherd, who recurs opposite Morgan on 30 Rock as his character's wife, said a working actor must also represent his show at all times.

And Elisabeth Hasselbeck actually chimed in with a good question: Do the standards for a comedian change in this Internet age, when he/she must be aware that his/her audience expands beyond those in the audience? Should it?

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Roland Martin may not think Tracy Morgan has to apologize for his anti-gay rhetoric last week, but the actor himself is sounding truly contrite about his infamous routine in Nashville on June 3.

"I know how bad bullying can hurt," Morgan told Marc Malkin of E! News. "I was bullied when I was a kid. I'm sorry for what I said. I didn't mean it. I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone. My family knew what it was like to feel different. My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987."

Tracy Morgan in a Car

The 30 Rock star says "gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else. Our laws should support that." And he will be doing all he can to ensure these words don't ring hollow.

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Following his vicious rant against gay people during a stand-up set in Nashville, Tracy Morgan issued an apology and admitted he crossed a line with his violent word choice.

Case closed, right? Not for CNN contributor Roland Martin.

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In a blog entry, the journalist wondered by Morgan has to issue a mea culp "for saying nasty, vicious and vile things during a stand-up routine."

"Isn't that par for the course of a comedian?" Martin wrote. "There isn't enough space on the Internet to chronicle the number of times a comedian has said nasty and vile things. Some of it leading the audience to fall out laughing or sometimes, or as in the case of Morgan, walk out in protest."

But didn't Martin jump all over Michael Richards in 2006, following that actor's racist diatribe?

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There's no defending Tracy Morgan's recent homophobic rant, in which he referred to gays who commit suicide as "pussies" and said he'd stab his son if he were to come out of the closet.

Tina Fey, who works with Morgan on 30 Rock and has known him for years, isn't trying to. She said the "violent imagery" of the diatribe was "disturbing" to her and Morgan clearly "went too far."

But the actress also stood up for her co-star in general, telling TMZ yesterday that Morgan isn't a bad person.

30 Rock Scene

Morgan's hate-filled speech "doesn't line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person," said Fey.

She added, referring to Morgan's follow-up statement: "I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket."

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Tracy Morgan is sorry.

The comedian came under fire today when word got out about a set in Nashville last Friday that included a mean-spirited diatribe against gay people. It was both insulting and not remotely funny.

"I want to apologize to my fans and the gay and lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville," Morgan said, under pressure to retract his statements.

Tracy Morgan on The View

Added the 30 Rock star: "While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context."

Do you accept this apology?

 

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Tracy Morgan may be encouraged to say outrageous things on 30 Rock, but the actor's real-life rant in Nashville last week has landed him in trouble with multiple gay rights groups.

A week after the comedian took the stage at the Ryman Auditorium and went off on homosexuals - saying he'd stab his son if he turned out to be gay, among other scathing remarks - the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Human Rights Campaign have both issued statements.

30 Rock Star

In the first, the President of GLADD writes: "We call on him to remove these violently anti-gay remarks from his show and send a strong message that anti-gay violence is not something to joke about."

Echoes the Human Rights Campaign: "Hateful remarks that mock youth suicides and the very real emotional and sometimes physical bullying LGBT kids face on a daily basis have no place in a comedy routine.

"If these allegations are true, Tracy Morgan must immediately accept responsibility and apologize.”

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Tracy Morgan is beloved by millions for the crazy things he says on 30 Rock and in real life. But has the comedian gone too far?

During a performance last Friday night in Nashville, the actor went off on the gay community. It would be one thing if he had original, funny jokes to crack, but it's unclear where the humor was meant to lie in the following statements:

  • "Gays need to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying.
  • "Gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming."
  • My son "better talk to me like a man and not in a gay voice or I'll pull out a knife and stab that little n-gger to death."
  • "I don't "f*cking care if I piss off some gays, because if they can take a f*cking dick up their ass... they can take a f*cking joke."
Tracy Morgan on The Late Show

In response, the folks at The Ryman Auditorium issued this statement:

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