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Comedian Tracy Morgan Continues Apology for Homophobic Rant

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NEW YORK -- Tracy Morgan continued apologizing Monday after going on a homophobic rant during a comedy routine, while he seeks redemption by meeting with gay youth who have been bullied and by offering an in-person apology to the audience he offended.

"I guess the reason I am successful is because I am so unfiltered," Morgan told hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons in an interview on the Global Grind website.

"The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight ... I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society," he added -- striking a far more tolerant tone.

During a June 3 performance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Morgan said being "gay was something kids learn from the media and programming" and that gays need to quit "whining about something as insignificant as bullying."

The "30 Rock" star added that if his son was gay "he better come home and talk to him like a man" or he would "pull out a knife and stab" him to death.

The routine was only publicized due to the discovery of a Facebook post detailing Morgan's comments, "Why I No Longer 'Like' Tracy Morgan -- A Must Read" written by an audience member, Kevin Rogers.

After the story broke, Morgan swiftly apologized last Friday, and has been liaising with gay activists who are organizing events for the comedian to meet with gay youth and families impacted by violence against homosexuals.

"I know how bad bullying can hurt," Morgan told E! News. "I was bullied when I was a kid. I'm sorry for what I said. I didn't mean it. I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone. My family knew what it was like to feel different. My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987," he added.

Morgan spoke Monday with Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) president Jarrett Barrios and agreed to return to Nashville next week to apologize personally to audience members he offended, TMZ reported.

He also agreed to film a public service announcement for an upcoming GLAAD campaign.

Tina Fey, the star and executive producer of "30 Rock," said her co-star's rant was "disturbing ... at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] community," according to a statement.

"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," Fey continued.

Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC's entertainment division, said Morgan had been warned about his future conduct.

"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 stand-up 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," he said in a statement.

Morgan has previously landed in hot water for his material -- revealing raunchy details of his sexual attraction to First Lady Michelle Obama on the "Lopez Tonight" show in April and calling former Alaska governor Sarah Palin "good masturbation material" during an informal chat on a TNT broadcast of an NBA game in January.

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