Tracy Morgan apologizes for anti-gay rant in Nashville

Tracy Morgan apologizes for anti-gay rant in Nashville

June 21st, 2011 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

In this March 26, 2011 file photo, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan appears onstage at the "The Comedy Awards" presented by Comedy Central in New York. Morgan says he's sorry for telling an audience that he would "pull out a knife and stab" his son for being gay. The comedian and "30 Rock" actor apologized Friday, June 10, 2011, to his fans and the gay and lesbian community for what he called "my choice of words" during his June 3 appearance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Comedian Tracy Morgan has delivered a personal apology to gay advocacy groups and audience members in Nashville, Tenn., who were offended by an anti-gay rant during his June 3 show there.

Morgan met with them Tuesday morning and later addressed reporters at the Nashville Convention Center. He did not take questions.

Morgan said: "I just wanted to take this opportunity to help and not hurt."

It's the second public apology from the "30 Rock" actor. He met with homeless lesbian and gay youth Friday in New York City. Morgan agreed to the Nashville meeting at the request of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation President Jarrett Barrios.