Morgan's openly gay "30 Rock" occasional costar Cheyenne Jackson told The Advocate that he was "disgusted" and "appalled" by Morgan's rant, and tried to rationalize his apology.
"The devastating repercussions of hate-filled language manifest in very real ways for today's LGBTQ youth," he said. "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 I hope that his apology is sincere."
CNN political analyst Roland S. Martin, however, doesn't get what all the fuss is about, asking in his blog why Morgan apologized "for saying nasty, vicious and vile things during a stand-up routine? Isn't that par for the course of a comedian? . . . There isn't enough space on the Internet to chronicle the number of times a comedian has said nasty and vile things . . ."
True, but does that make it acceptable? It's like excusing Congressman Weiner's behavior because a lot of politicians are pervs.
Comedians can get away with a lot of gallows humor and a ton of foul insults (just watch Joan Rivers on E!'s "Fashion Police"), but somewhere in the anger there needs to either be insight . . . or a punchline.
Even if it's a bad punchline. Even if it's a "joke" that bombs.
But according to audience member Kevin Rogers' Facebook post, Morgan's idea of comedy was to say that gays "needed to quit being pu---ies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying." He added that if his son was gay he better talk to him like a man or he would stab him to death.
That's a tough line to sell as comedy.
* Meanwhile in Rome, Lady Gaga sang a few bars of "Born This Way" and demanded the end of discrimination against gays as she proclaimed herself a "child of diversity" at a gay pride rally Saturday night in the ancient Circus Maximus.
Gaga devoted much of her appearance to denounce intolerance and discrimination against gays and transgender people. Among the places she cited was the Middle East, Poland, Russia and Lithuania.
Last fall, Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who's involved in a sex scandal involving an alleged 17-year-old Moroccan prostitute (take that Weiner!), said during a public appearance that it was "better to be passionate about a beautiful girl than a gay."
* Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are donating $500,000 from their foundation to help Joplin, Missouri, recover from the deadly tornado that struck last month.
Pitt grew up in southwest Missouri.
* There was an international flavor to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 38th Annual Student Academy Awards, with top medalists hailing from homelands from Norway to South Korea to Brazil.
Saturday night's ceremony represented the first time that students from institutions outside the U.S. could win a medal, and Norway's Hallvar Witzo took the new foreign-film prize with "Tuba Atlantic."
Even one of the top Hollywood-produced winners, "Thief," spun around a young Saddam Hussein, was set in Iraq and in Iraqi-Arabic with subtitles. The movie won a gold medal in the narrative category for Julian Higgins, of the American Film Institute.
Other gold medal winners included New York director Zach Hyer's "Correspondence," in the animation category, and Chicago-based Wonjung Bae's "Vera Klement: Blunt Edge," in the documentary category.
* Fourteen-year-old Hailee Steinfeld showed "True Grit" in the recent Coen Brothers hit, but she won't be showing anything more in a new movie adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet."
While there was concern that the teen would be asked to get naked in director Carlo Carlei's film, he told Entertainment Weekly, "In the original adaptation written by the Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, there was a lovemaking scene that included nudity for the married Romeo and Juliet. This script was written with a 20-year-old actress in mind. As soon as Hailee Steinfeld was cast, all nudity and lovemaking have been excised from the script. It will be romantic and age-appropriate for a 14-year-old."
Because what's really age-appropriate for teenagers today is a story that ends in lover-assisted suicide.
BANGShowbiz.com and Daily News wire services contributed to this report.