'30 Rock's' Alec Baldwin, Cheyenne Jackson React to Tracy Morgan Rant, Following Co-Stars
Two more of Tracy Morgan's 30 Rock co-stars are speaking out about the actor's anti-gay comments.
On Friday, Alec Baldwin -- an advocate of gay rights -- sent a tweet with the message "Oh that Tracy." But a day later, he added: "No one's making excuses for Tracy."
Meanwhile, openly gay actor Cheyenne Jackson, who plays Danny on the NBC comedy, issued a statement to Out Magazine.
"I am disgusted and appalled by Tracy Morgan's homophobic rant," he said. "The devastating repercussions of hate-filled language manifest in very real ways for today's LGBTQ youth. I've known Tracy for two years, spent many long hours with him on set, and I want to believe that this behavior is not at the core of who he is. I'm incredibly disappointed by his actions, and hope that his apology is sincere."
On Friday, NBC and 30 Rock creator/star Tina Fey issued apologies for Morgan's homophobic one-liners at a Nashville show earlier this month. Among them, Morgan said he'd "pull out a knife and stab" his son if he were gay.
Network entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt said: "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."
Fey also said she was happy that the comedian apologized, adding, "Stand-up comics may have the right to 'work out' their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy's rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community."
Earlier Friday, Morgan apologized for his comments.
"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," he told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.