Tracy Morgan Scandal May Be Written Into
BY Jeremy Kinser
August 30 2011 12:15 PM ET
Tina Fey says the scandal surrounding Tracy Morgan's homophobic rant while performing a stand-up routine in Nashville last June, for which he has since apologized, could be written into the plot of his sitcom 30 Rock, according to an interview with Deadline.
Fey, who is interviewed along with show runner Robert Carlock and director Beth McCarthy, is asked if Morgan's controversial "jokes," which include "I’ll kill my son if he acts gay," will hurt the show's chances to win any of its 13 nominations during the upcoming Emmy Awards or affect the show's reputation. "Because of my real-life pregnancy, we don’t go back on the air until January," Fey says. "I’m hoping that Tracy will have, and the world will have, forgotten about that by then. He from the first has gone around very sincerely and done his best to try to make up for the foolishness."
"He’s horrified and embarrassed," Carlock adds, then jokes. "Certainly if we come home [from the Emmys] empty-handed, I’m not going to blame Tracy."
Deadline asks if the controversy will be written into the show. "It’s the kind of story that even if it happened to someone else, we would probably turn it into a Tracy story," Fey says. "So we may use it."
Fey released a statement about the Morgan controversy in June. "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,"she said. "It also doesn't line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person."