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Thursday
Apr192012

Another Mel Gibson Rant Caught on Tape

Mike Marsland/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Mel Gibson's feud with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas was pushed into the limelight Wednesday, when TheWrap.com posted a purported audio recording of a profane Gibson rant.

The recording was made by Eszterhas' teenage son while they were staying with other house guests at Gibson's home in Costa Rica last December, and was provided to TheWrap.com by Eszterhas.

Eszterhas says he decided to go public with the recording because "Gibson called me a liar.  And I also have some reason to believe he’s creating a PR blitz questioning my truthfulness."

In the two-and-a-half-minute recording, Gibson reportedly yells at Eszterhas for not providing him with a draft of their movie collaboration, The Maccabees.  He screams, "Why don't I have a first draft of The Maccabees?  What the f*** have you been doing?”

In another segment of the recording, Gibson reportedly refers to his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, "as a "filthy little c***sucker who takes advantage of me!"

In 2010, a series of audio recordings capturing Gibson making profane, sexist and racist comments to Grigorieva were leaked online.

Last week, TheWrap.com published a letter written by Eszterhas in which he claimed that Gibson was involved in The Maccabees, a project about the life of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee, in order to combat "continuing charges of anti-Semitism."  Gibson has denied the allegations.

The film has since been put on hold by its studio, Warner Bros.

Early Thursday morning, TMZ reported Gibson's team is looking into his legal rights -- and into Costa Rican laws -- to see if he could sue the screenwriter for creating and releasing the secret recording that was made in Gibson's own home.

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Monday
Jun132011

Tracy Morgan's Co-Stars React to Outburst

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tracy Morgan, comedian and 30 Rock star issued an apology Friday for his tirade against gay people during a stand-up show in Nashville, Tenn., June 3.

"I want to apologize to my fans and the gay and 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," Morgan said in a statement. "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."

However, Morgan's co-stars and Hollywood colleagues have continued to express disappointment in the actor. On Friday, Tina Fey, 30 Rock's creator and executive producer, said publicly that she was personally disturbed by the violent nature of Morgan's remarks against gay people.

"I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket," Fey said.

But it looks as if those co-workers might need more time to accept Morgan's apology. On Saturday, 30 Rock co-star Cheyenne Jackson, who is gay, told Out.com that he is "disgusted and appalled" by Morgan's actions.

Even Chris Rock, who initially offered Morgan a tweet of support amid the outrage against him, is now taking back his words. The comedian tweeted on Friday, "I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in world where Tracy Morgan can't say foul inappropriate s**t." But a day later, Rock rescinded his support, tweeting, "Tracy Morgan is a tad off, we all know that so when Tracy says something I usually don't take it anymore serious than I would a statement from Gary Busey or Flavor Flav. When I first heard the statement I thought it was offensive but it also reminded me of my father saying I'll kill you if you ever bring home a white girl, but after reading everything Tracy said, wow I get it that s**t wasn't called for, and I don't support it at all. Now can I please go to the Tony awards without getting my a** kicked."

The criticism against Morgan came immediately he made the comments at his stand-up show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Audience member Kevin Rogers, who is gay, wrote on his Facebook page about Morgan's over-the-top comments at the show. The item, titled "Why I No Longer 'Like' Tracy Morgan, said, "I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly, and I'm well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor. I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take.

"What I can't take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay s**t was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that 'Born this Way' is bulls**t, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because 'God don't make no mistakes.' Morgan's raunchy lewd statements also included how he'd stab his son to death if he said he was gay."

Morgan's representative issued a statement to gay rights website Unicorn Booty, saying, "There is no comment. Thank you."

Calls to Morgan's rep by ABC News were not immediately returned.

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