VIDEO: The View Weighs In On Tracy Morgan Controversy

By Radar Staff

On Monday’s The View, the panel dissected the recent controversy involving comedian Tracy Morgan, who last week apologized for a despicable homophobic rant he unfurled during a comedy gig earlier this month.

Morgan, in his June 3 stand-up routine at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, allegedly said that homosexuality was “bullsh*t,” and that if his son told him he was gay, he’d “pull out a knife and stab that little n*gger to death.”

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Barbara Walters said, “What he said was bigoted …”

“And ignorant!” Joy Behar chimed in. (Behar, admittedly a veteran of some controversies herself, said Morgan received flak because he “targeted the unpowerful.”)

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Whoopi Goldberg seemed to somewhat sympathize with Morgan’s plight, saying that comedians can sometimes go too far — “It’s what happens with us” — in their quest to stand out and entertain.

“He made a mistake, he made a mistake, he made a mistake!” Goldberg said of the personality. “There before the grace of God go I!”

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As we previously reported, Morgan on Friday said in a statement, “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. 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.”

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This is not the first time Morgan has been accused of making anti-gay comments: In a set at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2009, Morgan said that homosexuality was a choice, spurring several audience members to walk out in protest.

Morgan’s next gig is slated for Connecticut’s Foxwood MGM Grand Theater on July 2.


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