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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt & ’30 Rock’s Tina Fey React To Tracy Morgan’s Homophobic Rant

Nellie Andreeva

Tracy Morgan Comes Under Fire For Anti-Gay Rant
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, the first openly gay topper of a broadcast network, and 30 Rock creator/executive producer/star Tina Fey just issued statements in response to homophobic remarks by 30 Rock co-star Tracy Morgan at his stand-up show in Nashville last Saturday. The rant, in which Morgan said, among other things that “if his son told him that was gay he … would pull out a knife and stab that little n***** to death,” has created a media firestorm, with gay-rights groups demanding an apology. Morgan issued one earlier today. Greenblatt’s statement indicates that reps for the network have spoken with the actor and “we made it clear to him that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated”, so Morgan will continue on 30 Rock:

Bob Greenblatt, Chairman NBC Entertainment:

I speak for NBC and myself personally when I say we do not condone hate or violence of any kind and I am pleased to see Tracy Morgan apologizing for recent homophobic remarks in his standup appearance. We will always recognize an artist’s freedom to express him or herself, but not when reckless things are said no matter what the context.  Unfortunately, Tracy’s comments reflect negatively on both 30 Rock and NBC — two very all-inclusive and diverse organizations -– and we have made it clear to him that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

Tina Fey, Executive Producer, 30 Rock

I’m glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. Stand-up comics may have the right to “work out” their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy’s rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community.

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Tracy Morgan Comes Under Fire For Anti-Gay Rant, Apologizes

By | Friday June 10, 2011 @ 11:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Five years after Michael Richards’ infamous racist tirade at the Laugh Factory, another famous comedian, 30 Rock‘s Tracy Morgan, is coming under fire over a rant during a stand-up performance, this time berating gay people. No video of the flap has surfaced yet, but a Facebook account by Kevin Rogers, an attendee at the Nashville show on Saturday, has gone viral. “I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take,” Rogers wrote. “What I can’t take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay s**t was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that ‘Born this Way’ is bulls**t, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because ‘God don’t make no mistakes.’ ” Things escalated from there. “He mentioned that gay was something kids learn from the media and programming, and that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little f**kers that bully them, not whine about it. He said if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death. … Tracy then said he didn’t fucking care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a f—ing dick up their ass … they can take a fucking joke.”

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