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Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Tracy Morgan will return to Tennessee to apologize, says he supports gay marriage


Tracy Morgan. (Charles Sykes - AP)
Tracy Morgan apologized again for the homophobic comments he made at a recent Nashville show, saying he is “deeply sorry” in an interview Sunday.

Now GLAAD has announced that the “30 Rock” actor will return to Tennessee to express this sentiment to the audience members he offended.

In an interview with Def Jam mogul Russell Simmons, Morgan apologized for the homophobic and at times violent comments he made at Ryman Auditorium on June 3, adding that his “unfiltered” style of comedy sometimes results in him saying “stupid” stuff.

“The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight,” Morgan said. “I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society.”

Morgan, who said being gay is a choice at the Nashville comedy show and one in New York, told Simmons his “heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself.”

“I don't care if you love the same sex as long as you have the ability to love someone,” he said.

Morgan’s comments were condemned by his “30 Rock” boss Tina Fey, co-star Cheyenne Jackson, as well as comedians Chris Rock, who originally defended Morgan, and Wanda Sykes. Morgan said his words were “indefensible”: “I appreciate the love from my friends and fans, but I was wrong.  Period.”

“What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying,” he said. “I would never want any young person to think that I wasn't on their side and if any young person thinks they can bully a young gay kid, come see me at 30 Rock. On the corner, I would be happy to meet you.  Or Brooklyn if you can't make it into Manhattan.”

Morgan finished the interview by showing his support of gay marriage — and the Knicks: “I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and marry who they want too; gay, white, black, male or female. Let me know where the rally's at Russ. I'm there!…GO KNICKS!”

GLAAD, who condemned Morgan’s comments, said they spoke to the actor on the phone, where he pledged to participate in an anti-bullying PSA and meet with LGBT youth in New York City this week.

According to a GLAAD press release, Morgan will return to Tennessee to “apologize to audience members who were offended by his remarks.”

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