’30 Rock’ New Season May Cover Tracy Morgan’s Homophobic Rant, Says Tina Fey
In a new pre-Emmy Awards interview, Tina Fey says candidly actor Tracy Morgan’s real-life on-stage homophobic rant and subsequent fallout may end up in the new season of 30 Rock.
“It’s the kind of story that even if it happened to someone else, we would probably turn it into a Tracy story,” Fey told Deadline.com. “So we may use it.”
Morgan was performing stand up in Tennessee in June, when he launched into disturbing, violent anti-gay tirade.
Fey, who at the time released a statement condemning "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," addresses Morgan’s controversy on Deadline in an interview with 30 Rock’s creator/star Fey, showrunner Robert Carlock:
DEADLINE: Do you think that Tracy Morgan’s seemingly anti-gay jokes in his standup routine [“I’ll kill my son if he acts gay”] will hurt the show’s Emmy chances or its reputation in general?
TINA FEY: Because of my real-life pregnancy, we don’t go back on the air until January. 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.
CARLOCK: He’s horrified and embarrassed. … Certainly if we come home [from the Emmys] empty-handed, I’m not going to blame Tracy.
DEADLINE:Will you write the controversy into the show?
FEY: It’s the kind of story that even if it happened to someone else, we would probably turn it into a Tracy story. So we may use it.
Read our coverage of the Tracy Morgan scandal here.