Tracy Morgan calls homophobic slurs “a misunderstanding” because “I was up there working”

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Letterman presses Tracy Morgan to address the

Just this past summer, Tracy Morgan stirred up a controversy over a joke made during his act at a comedy club about stabbing his son should he ever be gay. After a short scandal (and multiple apologies from Morgan) the public finally forgot about the overblown joke… but some things just don't stay buried.

Last night's episode of Letterman saw Dave continuously goad Morgan into saying something about the transgression. With no other choice left, Morgan finally spoke up: 

"I just think it was a misunderstanding, I was up there working… Whatever I said, it must have offended (the audience). Then he tweeted it out, and I had to deal…"

While many have taken this follow-up as a negation of his apology, it seems that Morgan is just trying to defend his ability to say whatever he feels is worth putting into his comedy act (hence the "I was up there working" qualifier). Also, those who are at all familiar with Morgan know that his outlandish material is chock full of inane statements that probably shouldn't be taken at face value ("Our basketball hoop was a ribcage! A ribcage!").

I find it hard to even call what Tracy Morgan said a "comment," because it happened during the context of his act. Comedians say things on stage, things that aren't necessarily meant to be taken as factual or scrutinized as the comedians private thoughts. Rather, it's because they, as trained comedic professionals, think these statements are funny… If you don't believe me, then listen to Lenny Bruce. He died trying to stop this kind of thing, so maybe he can convince you.