Watch: Tracy Morgan Explains Homophobic Rant to Letterman

by | October 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM | The Late Show with David Letterman

Tracy Morgan on the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

Tracy Morgan on the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

Despite the fact that everyone knows that Tracy Morgan’s comedy consists of outrageous statements and the lack of a brain-to-mouth filter, he still got in trouble over the summer when he stated that he’d “stab” his son if he acted gay, among other statements that were perceived as homophobic.

David Letterman asked Morgan about the incident on last night’s “Late Show,” and Morgan went into “Serious Tracy” mode to try to explain himself. While not necessarily apologizing for what he said, he did state that “I was hurt by it because people came to my show and were bummed out, so I apologize to those who came and was bummed out.” He called the whole incident a “misunderstanding,” citing “old regime” comedians like George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce while explaining that “sometimes I have to get to it.” He doesn’t exactly remember what he said — “that was maybe fifty shows ago” — but he wishes people wouldn’t be so on the ready to use their cell phones to record everything he says on a given night.

Letterman was sympathetic: “I’m on your side, because nobody has made more apologies in his lifetime than me! I’m always apologizing!” Dave’s right, of course; he’s apologized more in the last two years than Morgan has in his whole career.

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