updated 06/10/2011 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/10/2011 AT 1:10 PM ET
No last laugh this time for Tracy Morgan.
After accusations that he delivered a homophobic rant at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium that even caused the venue’s owners to distance themselves from what was said to an audience there last Friday, the 30 Rock actor, who plays the oafish Tracy Jordan on the NBC sitcom, has issued the following 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,” said Morgan, 42, reports EW.com.
“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.”