Tracy Morgan, who’s spent the last week apologizing for a homophobic rant that culminated in him saying that he’d stab his own son if he acted gay, returned to the scene of the crime, so to speak, to apologize to the Nashville audience that attended his notorious performance. Morgan met with offended audience members at the Nashville Convention Center this morning, and later told reporters, “I just wanted to take this opportunity to help and not hurt,” according to the Associated Press. Video after the jump.
Criticism exploded on the Internet soon after an audience member posted details of Morgan’s June 3 tirade on his Facebook page, titled “Why I No Longer ‘Like’ Tracy Morgan,” and gay advocacy groups, NBC and 30 Rock‘s star Tina Fey also expressed their displeasure and disappointment in the comic’s remarks.
Morgan has since made efforts to make amends, meeting with gay youth in New York City and telling Russell Simmons in an interview, “The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight … I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society.”