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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Tracy Morgan on homophobic comments: ‘It was a misunderstanding’ (Video)

Tracy Morgan listens as Kevin Rogers, the man he offended, speaks. (Mark Humphrey - AP)
Tracy Morgan was in a heap of trouble this summer after homophobic comments he made at a Nashville comedy show were publicized on the Web. On Monday’s “David Letterman,” Morgan talked about his decision to issue a public apology, backtracking slightly on his original position.

(Watch part of the interview below.)

“It was a misunderstanding,” the “30 Rock” star told Letterman. “It became a big, big misunderstanding.”

In June, Kevin Rogers, an audience member of the Nashville show, posted a Facebook note detailing why he walked out of the comedian’s act. During the routine, Morgan said being gay is a choice and that he would stab his son to death if his child came out to him, according to Rogers. Morgan publicly apologized several times.

“I apologized because people came to the show and they paid money and they got upset about it,” Morgan said Monday. “That wasn’t my intention to hurt anybody with my humor. That’s not my goal.”

Morgan said he could not recall exactly what he said at the show.

“I'm 43 years old; why would I become homophobic now?” he asked. “We forgot about [‘Saturday Night Live’ character] Brian Fellow?”

Watch part of the interview below.

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