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Sunday 13 July 2014

Morgan apologises in Nashville

Tracy Morgan has said sorry again for making anti-gay remarks on stage

Tracy Morgan has delivered a personal apology to gay advocacy campaigners and audience members in Nashville offended by an anti-gay rant during a gig earlier this month.

The comedian and 30 Rock star met with the groups on Tuesday and later addressed reporters at the Nashville Convention Centre.

He said: "I just wanted to take this opportunity to help and not hurt."

It's the second public apology from the actor, who met with homeless lesbian and gay youths on Friday in New York. He agreed to the Nashville meeting at the request of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation President Jarrett Barrios.

During his June 3 appearance at the Ryman Auditorium, Morgan told the audience that if his son were gay, he would "pull out a knife and stab" him.

A Facebook account posted by an audience member said Morgan's stand-up performance was full of homophobic references. The Ryman issued its own apology afterwards for Morgan's behaviour.

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