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30 Rock Co-Stars, NBC React To Tracy Morgan Controversy

Fellow 30 Rock star Tina Fey expressed her disapproval of Tracy Morgan's now infamous homophobic rant, which she called "disturbing." She also comes to his defense saying that he is not hateful. In his apology yesterday, Morgan also stressed that he was not "hateful." Her statement to TMZ:

Tinatracey "I'm glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. Stand-up comics may have the right to 'work out' their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy's rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community. It also doesn't line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person. I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers at '30 Rock,' without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket. The other producers and I pride ourselves on '30 Rock' being a diverse, safe, and fair workplace."

Another 30 Rock co-star, Alec Baldwin, reacted to the controversy. He tweeted: "No one's making excuses for Tracy."

Openly gay NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt issued this statement:

"I speak for NBC and myself personally when I say we do not condone hate or violence of any kind and I am pleased to see Tracy Morgan apologizing for recent homophobic remarks in his standup appearance.  We will always recognize an artist's freedom to express him or herself, but not when reckless things are said no matter what the context.  Unfortunately, Tracy's comments reflect negatively on both "30 Rock" and NBC - two very all-inclusive and diverse organizations - and we have made it clear to him that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated."

Entertainment Weekly reports that fellow comic Chris Rock defended Morgan's rant: “I dont know about you, but I dont want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate s—.” GLAAD tweeted back: “Language about stabbing kids for being gay isn’t ‘foul.’ It’s dangerous.”

The Human Rights Campaign believes Morgan should do more than just apologize: “Tracy Morgan exercised extremely poor judgment and he did the right thing by apologizing. But that’s just not enough. He’s a role model and Morgan now has a responsibility to make amends for his horribly hurtful and dangerous ‘comedy’ routine. He also needs to go further than his apology and correct the record: no one should feel ashamed because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and they should definitely not become a victim of violence. Words have consequences and Morgan should be held to a higher standard. Until he does something meaningful, his brand will remain tarnished.”

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  1. IOW thisis FAR from over. The show is on summer hiatus now. They have time to regroup -- and possibly fire and hire.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 11, 2011 11:40:02 AM


  2. Typical liberal whitewash. Both Tina Fey's and Bob Greenblatt at NBC's responses are unacceptable because they do not go far enough. And it allows Chris Rock and that awful guy on CNN, Roland Martin, (and by default Alec Baldwin) the chance to defend hate speech.

    There is only one acceptable outcome, and that is for NBC Universal and 30 Rock to fire Tracy Morgan. He has said evil things and he cannot take them back or possibly apologize for them. The only way to deal with hateful murderous homophobes is to silence them by taking away their public platform.

    Why aren't GLAAD and the HRC calling for a boycott of NBC and 30 Rock? Where are the great gay characters (not simpering closet cases)on 30 Rock anyway? Hello?!?

    Posted by: VictorG | Jun 11, 2011 11:42:06 AM


  3. Nope, sorry, but these stock answers will not cut the mustard in this situation. Seems Fey/Baldwin/NBC etc. thinks things will be forgotten with the standard apology+remorse=forgiven routine. They're trying not to touch the oven while it's hot and I guess expect that this won't be remembered during the fall when 30 Rock is back on. How wrong they absolutely are.

    The only acceptable option at this point is Tracy Morgan being fired from 30 Rock. Any other decision is a clear message that it's OK to use anti-gay hate speech and get over it. It is not OK and there should be stiff and swift consequences. Pressure needs to be on NBC and Tina Fey to do the right thing in this case.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 11, 2011 11:52:46 AM


  4. VictorG, I wouldn't exactly call Jack's assistant, Jonathan a simpering closet case. We all know he's a homo, if a caricature-ish one... which I find funny.

    Posted by: Patrick | Jun 11, 2011 11:53:53 AM


  5. "...Unfortunately, Tracy's comments reflect negatively on both "30 Rock" and NBC - two very all-inclusive and diverse organizations - and we have made it clear to him that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated." - NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt

    If Tracy's back on "30 Rock" in the Fall then it IS TOLERATED by NBC.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Jun 11, 2011 11:54:45 AM


  6. "too sleepy"?

    Hate speech is Hate speech. Man up Tina.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 11, 2011 12:01:17 PM


  7. NBC, 30 Rock, Tina Fey all have reason to cover-up for and provide excuse for Morgan's hateful tirade but it is for naught. Tracy Morgan's career is dead and 30 Rock will fade away quickly. The damage done by Tracy Morgan cannot be repaired by an obvious "dear God save my career" disingenuous apology. Any show or movie the man appears in should be boycotted entirely.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jun 11, 2011 12:01:58 PM


  8. Pathetic, I really expected more from Tina Fey.

    30 Rock is gone from my TIVO. Any future TV shows of movies with this vile man will not get a second of my time or a penny from me.

    Welcome to the Mel Gibson Express to nowhere Mr. Morgan.

    Posted by: Jake | Jun 11, 2011 12:10:24 PM


  9. Tracy Morgan "career" needs to be destroyed. It's really that simple.

    The destruction of Tracy Morgan's career will serve notice to others in the entertainment industry that his brand of vicious homophobia will not be tolerated.

    Posted by: elg | Jun 11, 2011 12:13:17 PM


  10. People please...If you use the "N" word, or you're anti-Semitic, or use hate speech about the LGBT community you are going to have to pay.
    For me seeing him do a New Yorkers for Gay Marriage or It gets better spot would be good. Go on Ellen and face her and apologize in person that would be another good thing. Do some "real" damage control and show your sincerity otherwise it's a non apology.

    Posted by: Dorishin | Jun 11, 2011 12:17:41 PM


  11. He could easily be replaced by Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan, Horatio Sanz or David Spade.

    Posted by: trees | Jun 11, 2011 12:18:24 PM


  12. Neither colleagues excusing his behaviour by saying they know him to be a person who is 'not hateful' nor his disineguously worded apology, can alter Morgan's true feelings about the situation. His publicist Nicole Charbot is on record as having said (twice) "There is no comment. Thank you for your inquiry." Any further statements from his camp can be nothing but ineffective damage control - too little, too late. Morgan's viriolic rant, shamelessly disguised as comedy, speaks for itself.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jun 11, 2011 12:19:23 PM


  13. I think 30 Rock would be a lot better without Morgan, but I'm not so into lynching people and destroying careers because someone said something stupid and/or mean. No one is allowed to say anything anymore, and I find that more offensive than Morgan's nasty, anti-gay rant.

    Posted by: Max | Jun 11, 2011 12:21:26 PM


  14. just remember alec baldwin's response when he tries to run for mayor. this is only one more reason he is not qualified for the job.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 11, 2011 12:22:11 PM


  15. Maybe Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin don't realize 14 year olds get shot in the back of the head or burned and cut to pieces in Puerto Rico or bullied into hanging themselves. There really should be zero tolerance for speech like this from someone like Tracy Morgan.

    Posted by: Jersey | Jun 11, 2011 12:32:58 PM


  16. Come on Tina he's clearly a hateful person. The guy was advocating killing his own son if he turned out to be gay. If that's not hate speech, i'm not sure what is. In another country, the guy could be jailed for such comments under hate speech laws.

    On a side note, I was a huge fan of tina fey and 30 rock. Tracy jordan was never my favorite character, but he did have some funny lines, but now seeing him on the show just disgusts me. There ya go tina, the man ruined your show. So maybe you should act like you care instead of putting out some weak ass apology.

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 11, 2011 12:34:00 PM


  17. If Morgan were white and said similar things about blacks, his career would be over forever.

    By the way, Max, I find your comment about "lynching" about as offensive as Morgan's comments, which, in both cases, was the desired effect. The difference is that anybody can be a jackass on the internet and nobody will care, but being a rich jackass with a real platform and an actual audience means that person forfeits his privileges -- particularly when he espouses murdering gay kids, which you seem to have no problem with.

    Morgan isn't owed his privilege, especially when he doesn't have talent, charm, intelligence, wit, looks or anything else we normally associate with actors or comedians. He's easily the worst thing on 30 Rock, a show I'll never watch again. Tina Fey foisted him upon us, it's her responsibility to un-foist him.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jun 11, 2011 12:39:15 PM


  18. Tina Fey and the rest of the 30 Rock company are being disengenuous, and they know it. This is not the first time this jerk has done this. In fact, he has a history of it. He has his fans, and he is an integral part of the show, so no matter what he does, they're going to try to smooth it over. Personally, I'd prefer Ms. Fey not insult my intelligence. Apparently, 30 Rock has to stay in the toilet with this loud-mouthed loser, so they should just shut up when he spouts off. When you're in the toilet, it's best not to open your mouth.

    Posted by: romeo | Jun 11, 2011 12:41:01 PM


  19. Ohplease, you are only offended by my comment for the sake of being offended. Read it again, moron. I am CONDEMNING a "lynching," not advocating one. Grow a d@mn brain cell.

    Posted by: Max | Jun 11, 2011 12:49:40 PM


  20. The fact all of these people think they can smooth this over (Morgan, his PR individual, Fey, Baldwin, NBC execs) is as much of an insult as Morgan's words. They think they can just pretend this didn't happen and it will all be forgotten? That game is over.

    Based on a TMZ poll done which 80K have responded to, 2/3s of people find offense in Tracy Morgan's comments. The fact 1/3 of people don't is a disgrace, but the fact that a large majority find offense in these actions shows me that, no, they won't get away with trying to smooth it over. At the end of the day, you either tolerate this type of speech or you don't and Tracy Morgan continuing to work for NBC would show us all that they tolerate this speech.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 11, 2011 12:54:44 PM


  21. That response by Tina Fey is actually pretty condemning. And if you can't read between the lines of "printed-out paycheck from accounting" then you aren't too bright.

    Posted by: nodnarb | Jun 11, 2011 12:55:37 PM


  22. Substitute black for gay....the reaction??

    Posted by: t | Jun 11, 2011 12:56:23 PM


  23. There are a lot of outraged comments right now, but how many of the commenters are just going to go back to watching "30 Rock" as if nothing happened? Our militancy has about as much consistency to it as runny, half-baked custard . . . I've seen it time and time again.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jun 11, 2011 12:57:40 PM


  24. check out the video on this link.

    for too long "i don't want my kid to be gay" has been a pathetic "punchline" for low-aiming comedians.

    http://littlekiwilovesbauhaus.blogspot.com/2010/09/do-you-find-this-funny.html

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 11, 2011 1:12:35 PM


  25. what disturbs me about tina and NBC's responses is this notion that 'an artist has every right to his freedom of speech and to work out his rawest material blah blah blah." this sounds just like the christianists who fight so mightily against us, claiming that our freedoms and right to exist somehow tramples upon their right to spew hatred against us. i agree that you are free to say what whatever you want but your fellow human beings are free to give you a one way ticket to nowhere. remember when andrew dice clay's "one night with dice" and it's homophobic content in the mid 80's? we haven't heard from him since.

    Posted by: deedrdo | Jun 11, 2011 1:15:26 PM


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