Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant marked a low point in the 30 Rock star‘s public career, but he wants everyone to know that he’s committed to making amends, provided it does not require him to put his shirt back on. Tracy Morgan apologized last Friday following the tirade, but sat down with Russell Simmons yesterday to clarify how sorry he really is. “I guess the reason I am successful is because I am so unfiltered. And sometimes as a result I say really stupid s–t,” Morgan told Simmons during his GlobalGrind interview. “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.”
Russell didn’t ask, nor did Tracy try to explain, exactly what he was going for with the bit, but says that in the future he has to “think of some funny s–t, not some s–t that gets me knocked upside my head.” Tracy Morgan and GLAAD will partner and return to Tennessee next week for a press conference protesting the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would make it illegal for teachers to discuss homosexuality prior “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,” the comedian told E! Online. “My dad wasn’t gay, but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that. Parents should support and love their kids no matter what. Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else. Our laws should support that.” As Morgan told Simmons, “I am deeply sorry for the comments I made. What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying. I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and marry who they want too; gay, white, black, male or female. Let me know where the rally’s at Russ.” You’ll recognize him when you get there. He’ll be the half-naked one wielding the light saber.
Tracy Morgan might joke about taking everyone and everything behind the middle school and getting them pregnant, but unlike some performers, his character’s bizarro character traits usually stay fictional. In an interview with PopEater about his new film Rio, Tracy Morgan insults Charlie Sheen‘s parenting skills, taking the touring warlock to task for humiliating his kids. “I’m just a comedian. I’m not Charlie Sheen. Charlie Sheen ain’t funny to me. I think that’s a train wreck and I feel bad for his two little kids because they’re the bodies being pulled out of the train wreck,” Morgan ranted. Aw, it’s like Tracy thinks he’s usually puffing on a pipe in a tweed jacket, as opposed to getting topless and talking about “climbing” Michelle Obama.
In Morgan’s defense, given Sheen’s custody battle with Brooke Mueller, Charlie’s kids might have to face the kind of damage that seeing their father take his shirt off in public just cannot compare to. “What’s going to happen to them? But everybody thinks it’s a joke. While this asshole is going on stage making a fool of himself his kids are going to suffer and don’t even know it because this is a cycle of abuse,” Morgan explains. Then again, his own family had to find out about Tracy Morgan’s kidney transplant from the internet. Pick out an adorable preteen and we’ll see them both in Two And A Half Man-Children this fall on FX.
Tracy Morgan might be looking for a new country to call home if he’s not careful. While appearing onLopez TonightMonday evening, Morgan opened up about meeting our commander-in-chief at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner last summer. However, it seems like the 30 Rock star was far more impressed with meetingÃ‚Â the President’sÃ‚Â wife. Yes, Tracy Morgan has thing for First Lady Michelle Obama. And that’s putting it mildly.
“I looked at Michelle and she said, ‘Hi Tracy!’ and I just got hard!” Morgan over-shared. “Michelle looked like a tall mountain, and I’m gonna climb it just ’cause it’s there. Kilimanjaro!” We wonder if this is what the founding father’s had in mind when they outlined Freedom of Speech. Let’s hope the Prez isn’t the jealous type, or else Gitmo might have a new inmate.
Tracy Morgan is over his kidney transplant and back at work at 30 Rock, which may explain his good spirits at the Knicks game in Madison Square Garden last night. Not only was he flashing a giant wad of twenties, but the actor took time to pose with Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Catrinel Menghia and Kate Upton, who were making the scene with fellow bikini promoter Genevieve Mortin. We’d guess he’s not totally healed, though—why else would he not have shown off his belly to the ladies last night?
Imagine finding out your brother had life-threatening surgery while you are trying to get your Twilight gossip on. According to a RadarOnline interview with his brother and mother, Tracy Morgan never told his family about his kidney transplantÃ¢â‚¬Â¦they had to read about it on the internet.Ã‚Â “I’ve been with him at his home, and he didn’t let me know anything,” James Morgan claims. “It was his choice, but he could have got me checked to see if I was compatible. If he would have asked, of course I would have done it. He’s my brother.” We’re not saying you have to tell your family everything, but if you’re going to have someone else’s organ put in your body, maybe shoot them an email?
Even Tracy’s mother found out about her son’s transplant from the gossip sites before the 30 Rock star would confirm he had undergone the operation. “He didn’t tell me about anything,” Tracy’s mother Alice Warden says. “We never discussed it. He didn’t bring it up to me. Someone came and told me they saw it on the Internet, so I was just as shocked.” As if that wasn’t strange enough, apparently the family has never heard of Tanisha Hall, Morgan’s donor and ex-girlfriend whom the actor thanked on the SAG red carpet. “God bless her, that’s all I can say about that. She must really have a genuine love for him, even though they’re not together anymore,” James says. As if their annual reunion wasn’t awkward enough, now the family newsletter has basically be replaced by TheFABLife. Not that we mind it, but still: communication, people!
The fact that Tracy Morgan‘s ex-girlfriend gave him a kidney makes us think she might be the one that got away. At the SAG awards on Sunday, the 30 Rock star gave a shout-out to former flamer Tanisha Hall for floating him the organ last year. “I’d also like to thank Tanisha for donating my kidney to me,” Morgan told E!’s Giuliana Rancic on the read carpet. When asked how he knew his donor, Morgan practically blushed. “We were together but then we separated, but she also gave me a kidney…I’m doing fine and happy to be here,” he explained. Tracy must know some seriously dark relationship magic to pull that off. Hats off to you, Tracy!
Morgan received the transplant in December, after which we’re hoping Tanisha got a hovercraft with her name spray-painted on the side. Tracy’s co-star Grizz Chapman also received a kidney transplant earlier last year, but we suspect his didn’t come from a former lover. Unless this is what people do after they have a friendly break-up, and we’ve just never experienced one. Also a possibility! Just to prove he’s back on the top of his game, Morgan joked about Sarah Palin again, shouting “Sarah Palin, you’re the hottest MILF in the world!…She’s a MILF!” We’d be nicer to the women in your life if we were you, Tracy. You never know when you’re going to need a cornea or a lung.
Execs at TNT are a little embarrassed this morning and have issued an apology because of some course language Tracy Morgan dropped last night on the network. Tracy showed up on Inside The NBA to chat with hosts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith and the men began discussing who was hotter, Tina Fey or Sarah Palin. Morgan replied “Let me tell you something about Sarah Palin, she’s good masturbation material.” Dirty and uncalled for? Sure. But honestly, what do you expect when you goad Tracy Morgan on live TV into discussing a woman’s attractiveness? The man is the very definition of loose cannon. A spokesperson for the network said this morning “It’s unfortunate Mr. Morgan showed a lack of judgment on our air with his inappropriate comments.” Yes, it is, but it’s also unfortunate that you’re unfamiliar with Tracy Morgan’s m.o.
At the Sundance Film Festival, two things occur annually. One, celebrities bust out their most stylish and furry cold-weather gear, and two, it’s where independent films go to find an audience and a distributor. Unfortunately, not every film that appears at the festival is stellar, and it looks like we can confirm that there’s at least one flop to come out of Sundance so far. The Son Of No One, a film starring the power trio of Katie Holmes, Al Pacino and Tracy Morgan (in a dramatic role!), prompted several distributors to walk out before the film had ended and — this is so sad — only one person reportedly applauded when the film ended. (Do you want to bet it was Tom Cruise?)
The film is a crime drama and also stars Channing Tatum, Juliette Binoche and Ray Liotta. Not a bad cast, so now we’re actually kind of intrigued to see just how bad it is.
Usually these days, Kevin Smith stays on our radar because of his rants against airlines and his persistent affinity for long jean shorts. Truth be told, the last movie of his we saw in the theater was Dogma, and that was just for the Matt Damon-Ben Affleck reunion. Smith’s last movie was Cop Out, starring Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis and it turns out that the film, which doesn’t really sound great on paper, was an even worse experience to make for the director.
Smith went on comedian Marc Maron‘s WTF podcast recently and said that his experience on the film, particularly with Willis, was bad. Smith said that Willis refused to cooperate or participate in promoting the film. He says “It was difficult. I’ve never been involved in a situation like that where one component is not in the box at all. It was f—ing soul crushing.” You hear that, Bruce? You may have done this buddy cop movie for the paycheck, but you ended up crushing a soul. “I had no f—ing help from this dude whatsoever,” Smith continued. Your move, Bruce. Feel like responding? We didn’t think so.
In contrast, Smith says working with Tracy Morgan was “a dream,” and “Were it not for Tracy, I might’ve killed myself or someone else in the making of that movie.” And when Tracy Morgan is the voice of reason on-set, you know things are bad.
Our Christmas gift came early this year, because word is30 Rock’sTracy Morgan received a kidney transplant around December 10, and he’s already almost back on his feet! “Tracy is doing well and taking some much needed time to recover after the surgery,” his rep confirmed. We’re glad to hear he’s on the mend, but are still planning a candlelight vigil until New Year’s. No way are we giving up our Tracy Jordan.
Amazingly Tracy, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1996, will only misstwo or three 30 Rock episodes set to air in March and will be “looking forward to going back to work after the holidays,” says his rep. Coincidentally Morgan is actually the second cast member to require a kidney transplant this year. Co-star and Tracy Jordan posse memberGrizz Chapman also received a kidney in August after suffering from end-stage renal failure. If anyone on that show needs a kidney, you just let us know. Let’s put it this way: we have two kidneys; we don’t have two Tina Feys or Alec Baldwins. [Photo: WireImage]