Tracy Morgan Offers Non-Apology on Letterman for Homophobic Remarks

The comedian says his homophobic comments were just jokes.

By Jorge Rivas Oct 12, 2011

It seemed that comedian Tracy Morgan was apologetic about comments his comments in June that he would stab is son if the boy were to come out as gay. But on Monday, Morgan sort of backtracked on that apology.

In June, Morgan apologized profusely and said his comments "went to far." But this time around he tried to provide some reasoning for his violent homophobic remarks. "I do comedy in the spirit of Richard Pryor, and George Carlin," he told David Letterman on Monday’s "Late Show."

"At the end of the day, I’m a comedian. I try to use my gift that God gave me to help the world, to heal the world. Not to hurt anyone. I was hurt because people came to the show who were bummed out, so I apologize to those folks who came and were bummed out," Morgan told Letterman.

Leaving everyone wondering, if he was actually sorry for the comments he made? What about everyone who wasn’t at his show?

David Letterman spent nearly 10 minutes quizzing the comedian about the controversy because Morgan was trying to avoid having to repeat his remarks. "I can’t remember … that was maybe 50 shows ago," Morgan replied to Letterman when asked what he said during the show in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Morgan’s last line of defense was perhaps the most creative, bringing an over-the-top gay character he played on Saturday Night Live in to the mix. "I’m 43 years old, why would I become homophobic now? Have we forgot about Brian Fellows?"