Nobody knows about public apologies better than David Letterman. Well, besides, perhaps, Tracy Morgan.
So the Late Show host commiserated with the 30 Rock star when he stopped by on Monday night to, once again, discuss the uproar he caused over the summer when he flew into an anti-gay rant on-stage at a show in Nashville. (According to accounts, Morgan had told the audience, “if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man … or he would pull out a knife and stab that little [n—–] to death.”) Since then, Morgan has made public apologies, including a conference with offended audience members from the infamous show.
Now it seems the comic actor is through with saying he’s sorry for the hate-fueled rant that split not only fans, but those in Hollywood (his 30 Rock co-star Tina Fey condemned his words, while fellow stand-up comedian Chris Rock supported him), and is now simply defending his craft. Watch the clip below. “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 by it because people came to the show and were bummed out, so I apologize to those folks that came and was bummed out,” he told Letterman.
But, while Letterman — who told Morgan at one point, “I’m on your side, because no one has made more apologies in his lifetime than me”– joked with the comic actor regarding the onslaught of apologies he also grilled him about the root of what he said on-stage back in June.
According to Morgan, who vowed that he would never actually hurt his child like he said he would in his act (“No way, I love my son”) and re-iterated that the whole thing “was a misunderstanding.” The 42-year-old said he was doing nothing more than “comedy in the spirit of” the likes of George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, and Richard Pryor.
Still when Letterman asked, “Did you not say what they were upset about?” Morgan gave what some will consider the most frustrating excuse of them all, “I can’t remember … that was maybe 50 shows ago.”
Does Morgan’s interview lead you to believe that he was ever actually sorry for what he said or that he’s mostly sorry that his routine got the reaction that it did? Does Morgan have to continue to explain himself or should his previous apologies — including an interview with Russell Simmons — be enough? Share in the comments section below.