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Sunday, June 12, 2011

NBC, Tina Fey Address Tracy Morgan's Anti-Gay Remarks

From the Hollywood Reporter: Both NBC and Tina Fey, the executive producer of "30 Rock", have apologized for Tracy Morgan's recent anti-gay remarks. The network's Robert Greenblatt said that while NBC recognizes talent's right to express itself, the network does not accept the artist's right to express itself recklessly no matter what the context. He said that the network had "made it clear" to Mr. Morgan that his comments fell into that category.  Ms. Fey said she was happy that Mr. Morgan had apologized but also that while comedians "may have the right to "'work out'" material live, Mr. Morgan's remarks were "disturbing" to her. She seemed to try to inject some levity into the situation by adding Mr. Morgan's comments did not seem to square with the man she knows, and that he "is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person."

Mr. Morgan made the remarks in the context of an on-stage appearance in Nashville June 3rd. Mr. Morgan, who plays film star Tracy Jordan on "30 Rock", has since apologized as well.

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