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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Tracy Morgan accused of making homophobic comments at Nashville show (Updated)


Tracy Morgan. (Evan Agostini - AP)

Update: Tracy Morgan has responded to the controversy in a statement: “I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others. While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context.”

The original post has been updated with the statement.

Original Post

“30 Rock” actor Tracy Morgan has been accused of making anti-gay comments at a recent comedy show in Nashville.

Kevin Rogers, who said he attended the comedian’s June 3 show at Ryman Auditorium, detailed the alleged statements in a Facebook note, “Why I No Longer ‘Like’ Tracy Morgan.” Rogers claims that Morgan said being gay is a choice because “God don’t make no mistakes” and that lesbians are “just pretending.”

He also alleges that Morgan said if his son was gay, his child would have to “talk to him like a man,” not a homosexual, or he would stab him to death. Rogers said 10 to 15 people walked out of the show.

You can read the full note, which contains some NSFW language and statements that may be upsetting, here.

The actor reportedly made similar statements at a 2009 show in New York City, calling homosexuality “a choice,” according to the New York Daily News.

Morgan responded to the controversy in a statement, saying “I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville.”

“I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others,” he said. “While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context.”

Morgan’s rep originally issued a statement of “no comment.”

The Ryman Auditorium responded in a statement, saying the theater “regrets that people were offended by statements” Morgan made, adding that it “does not control the content presented by people appearing on its stage, nor does it endorse any of the views of, or statements made by, such persons.”

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