Chris Rock tweeted a defense of embattled fellow comic Tracy Morgan on Friday, prompting GLAAD to fire back.
Rock, who’s known to push the envelope during his stand-up routines, said of Morgan’s anti-gay jokes: 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.
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.
Not Jon Hamm,” but 30 Rock is welcoming a different bangin’ A-list guest star this season: Susan Sarandon, also known as every Motherlover‘s favorite object of affection. The Oscar-winning actress appears on the March 17 episode, and EW has the first look. Here, she chats up Frank (Judah Friedlander) — who you know will whip out his “Single” trucker hat for the occasion. Click the jump to see an additional photo of Sarandon seemingly channeling Liz Lemon as she remains extremely focused on her coffee, Hiro Nakamura-style (why, hello, 2006!), ignoring a talented stripper behind her. Please tell me this is the 30 Rock-Rock of Love crossover I’ve been waiting for. READ FULL STORYSadly for all fans of Dr. Drew Baird, we’ll have to tag this post “
Morgan — aka Tracy Jordan, the star of the show within the show – missed several episodes of the NBC comedy to recover from the successful surgery in New York (EW first reported the news). A source told EW that his appearances are minimal in his first couple of episodes back, but the show will explain his disappearance.Happy endings on the set of 30 Rock! EW has learned that Tracy Morgan — who underwent a kidney transplant in December — is back at work!
Morgan’s break from the Emmy-winning show was serious, but he still generated a few fun headlines while he was away. He was seen looking healthy at a Knicks game soon after his surgery, and last month, he made a crude remark about Sarah Palin during a pregame show on TNT. The network promptly issued an apology. A week later, Morgan issued his own mea culpa, of sorts, on the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild. After he thanked his kidney donor and the 30 Rock writers, he declared that Palin is “the hottest MILF in the world!”
Mad Men and Modern Family were big winners at the Writers Guild of America Awards tonight — the two series picked up trophies for Drama and Comedy Series categories, respectively. Mad Men also picked up an award for its “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword” episode. (No doubt this acclaim only reminds Mad Men fans how relieved we are that a season 5 will air on AMC.) 30 Rock won in the TV Episodic Comedy category with “When It Rains, It Pours.” READ FULL STORY