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VIDEO: The View Weighs In On Tracy Morgan Controversy

Jun. 13 2011, Published 3:02 p.m. ET

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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.")

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!"

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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