Four years ago, Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington was fired from the hit ABC series after using a homophobic slur during an off-camera altercation with co-star Patrick Dempsey. This week, in the wake of 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan’s anti-gay comedy routine during a stand-up show, everyone from NBC Programming Chief Robert Greenblatt and 30 Rock creator/executive producer Tina Fey to Morgan’s openly gay co-star Cheyenne Jackson have issued sternly-worded responses denouncing Morgan’s ill-conceived jokes. But even though Greenblatt went so far as to say “this kind of behavior will not be tolerated,” there’s been no talk so far about replacing Morgan on the Emmy winning comedy series. READ FULL STORY
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More words of regret from Tracy Morgan, who came under fire last week for homophobic comments he made during an appearance in Tennessee. Today, the 30 Rock spoke with GLAAD and plans to meet with lesbian and gay teens in New York. “I know how bad bullying can hurt. I was bullied when I was a kid,” he told GLAAD. “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. 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. I hope that my fans gay, straight, whatever forgive and I hope my family forgives me for this.” READ FULL STORY
On second thought, Chris Rock does want to live in a world where Tracy Morgan can’t say hugely offensive things.
Rock backed off his Tweet supporting the embattled 30 Rock star after he apparently read what Morgan actually said.
Tweeted Rock: “Tracy morgan is a tad off we all know that so when tracy says something i usually don’t take it anymore serious than i would a statement from gary busey or flavor flav. when i first heard the statement i thought it was offensive but it also reminded me of my father saying ill kill you if you ever bring home a white girl but after reading everything tracy said. wow i get it that s— wasn’t called for and i don’t support it at all. now can i please go to the tony awards without getting my ass kicked.”
The day before, Rock had tweeted: “I dont know about you, but I dont want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate s—.” Morgan’s openly gay 30 Rock costar Cheyenne Jackson was more blunt: READ FULL STORY
NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt and 30 Rock star and producer Tina Fey just issued statements reacting to the controversy that’s erupted over Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant during a Nashville stand-up performance:
“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 standup appearance,” Greenblatt said, then added, “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. Unfortunately, Tracy’s comments reflect negatively on both 30 Rock and NBC — two very all-inclusive and diverse organizations — and we have made it clear to him that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”
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30 Rock actor Tracy Morgan has issued an apology to fans and the gay and lesbian community for an anti-gay rant during his weekend gig at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium that has landed him in hot water.
“I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others,” Morgan said in a statement. “While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context.” READ FULL STORY
Here’s EW’s first look at a little dose of the NBC comedy in the form of the third and final (for now) animated Jack Donaghy Executive Superhero short. This one includes Tina Fey as Liz Lemon and Today‘s Al Roker. For those who missed the first two, they are here and here. Here’s the third: READ FULL STORY
Alec Baldwin may run the fictional NBC on 30 Rock, but he does not, it seems, get to unilaterally declare the show’s future — or lack thereof — in real life. His assertion that the comedy would end after next season, as reported by Vulture, is premature, according to multiple sources involved in the production. “Our contracts are expired [in 2012], and Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing,” Baldwin told the blog. “She’s going to be the next Elaine May. She’ll be great.” We agree that Fey is great, but the sources tell EW there have been no discussions yet about the show’s fate beyond next year.
Good news for 30 Rock fans! Tom Hanks stirred up the twitter-verse last night with the following tweet: “RadioMan delivers msg from T.Fey. Result? I’m on 30 Rock! Thanks, RMan Hanx.” The two-time Academy Award winner, who got his start on television with the early ’80s sitcom Bosom Buddies, has not been a guest star on a TV series since his turn as Uncle Ned on Family Ties in 1984. Of course, 30 Rock has had great success luring big guest stars (including Matt Damon, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Martin, Oprah) and just the idea of a Hanks-Fey team-up is pretty funny already. Hanks’ spokesperson did not immediately return a call to confirm.
'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Castle,' 'Glee': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
Welcome to the final Live-From-PaleyFest edition of Spoiler Room! I’ll be back next Tuesday, coming at you once again from Midtown Manhattan, so if you don’t see scoop on your favorite show, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask away! Or pose your questions on Twitter, too: @EWSandraG. READ FULL STORY
On last week’s 30 Rock, Liz Lemon hired comedy writer Abby Flynn for a “femolution” (feminine + evolution, get it?), but what she got was a blond, ditzy, threesome-loving “sexy baby,” brilliantly played by Cristin Milioti, 25. We talked to the New York actress about perfecting that creepy voice and eating pretzels with Tina Fey.
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