Comedian Tracy Morgan apologized on Tuesday, in Tennessee, for some anti-gay jokes that were a part of his routine in a stand-up comedy earlier this month, Associated Press reports.
On June 21, the comedian returned to Nashville to meet with the man whose Facebook post brought Morgan to the attention of the gay rights sustainers. He also met with gay rights advocates and attendees of the show. After the meeting, the actor held a press conference, apologizing for his antigay remarks in the show, at the Nashville Convention Center.
Tracy Morgan told the press “I don’t have a hateful bone in my body, I don’t believe that people should be bullied or just made to feel bad about who they are. I totally feel that in my heart.” That being said, he wouldn’t take questions. He gave a hug to Facebook commenter Kevin Rogers just before leaving the room. Then, after only five minutes of press appearance and sending out the message of apology, he left.
When asked about what he thought about Morgan’s apology, Rogers, who is 36 years old and works as a photographer, said he believed he was sincere. “Our discussion was a lot of just his genuineness at being sorry for what he said.” Rogers defended Morgan by saying he never meant to hurt anybody. He never realized as a comedian that he had such reach as he did to people. He just thought he was just some guy up there speaking and he never meant to hurt anyone.”
Among other offensive remarks in the stand-up comedy routine, the 42-year-old ex Saturday Night Live comedian said that if his son were gay, he would “pull out a knife and stab” him. At the time, Rogers and his partner, who were in the audience, felt that there was genuine support of those words” and “A large majority of the audience did laugh and kind of cheer. However, he is not sure “how much of that was nervous laughter and how much was in genuine support of the words.”
This is Morgan’s second public apology since June 3, at The Ryman Auditorium.