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Friday
Feb012013

Baby News for Tracy Morgan, Donald Faison, Kara DioGuardi

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tracy Morgan has something to look forward to now that his NBC comedy 30 Rock has ended: the impending birth of a child.

He tells People magazine that he and his fiancée, model Megan Wollover, are expecting their first child together this summer.

The 44-year-old former Saturday Night Live cast member says, “I am over the moon excited and just want a happy and healthy baby and a safe delivery for Megan.”

Morgan, whose show 30 Rock aired its finale Thursday night, has three children from a previous marriage.

Former Scrubs star Donald Faison is awaiting the arrival of a new child, too.  His wife, Cacee Cobb, tweeted on Thursday that she is pregnant.

The 38-year-old Faison, who currently appears on the TV Land sitcom The Exes, has four children from previous relationships.  He married Cobb, the best pal of Jessica Simpson, who's also pregnant, in December.

Finally, former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has just become a new mom.  The 42-year-old and her husband, Mike McCuddy, welcomed a baby boy via a gestational surrogate Thursday in Los Angeles, according to People.  The couple, who had struggled to conceive on their own, named their child Greyson James Carroll McCuddy.

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Tuesday
Apr032012

Tracy Morgan's Car, Bicyclist Meet in NYC

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan had a mishap in New York City Monday night, when a bicycle-riding deliveryman rammed the door to Morgan's Jaguar after the funnyman opened it. He tells the New York Post he was sitting in his car, when he opened his door and the cyclist rammed it. “I mean this guy was wearing all black ... If you want to write a story about something, write a story about how these guys should wear lights or reflectors or something," Morgan said.

While the bicyclist wasn't injured, he was taken to the hospital for X-rays. Morgan called for a tow truck for his car because his door wouldn't close after the impact.  The comic seemed to take the incident in stride, telling the newspaper, "This kind of stuff happens all the time in the city. I grew up in the city. I’ve been dealing with this stuff for years."

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Friday
Feb032012

Tracy Morgan Responds to Report of Mom Facing Foreclosure

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tracy Morgan refuses to engage in a public war of words with his family, following claims made by his sister that he hasn't done enough to support their mother, who could soon face foreclosure.

Morgan's 61-year-old mother, Alicia Warden, recently told the New York Daily News she owes nearly $25,000 on her home in northeast Ohio. Warden said she's been informed that foreclosure proceedings will begin on Feb. 23 if she does not make a minimum mortgage payment by then.

Warden said her son offered her two thousand dollars, but she turned him down. She explained to the Daily News, "I’m not some person in the street.”

Morgan's sister, Asia Morgan, argues that the 30 Rock star is in position to help out their mother, but hasn't come through. Pointing out that Warden is battling health issues, including diabetes, Asia Morgan told the Daily News, “This would be a drop in the bucket for Tracy. She has a son that can do, and she’s done everything that she could possibly could for her family.” She claimed that Morgan has "never been a nice person," and calls him a "d*****bag."

In a statement obtained by E! Online, Morgan says he is "saddened that these untrue stories about me have people questioning my commitment to my family." He continues, "For reasons that are between us, I have not seen my mother in 11 years and outside of a random call here and there have had little to no contact with my sister."

Morgan noted in his 2009 book I Am the New Black that he was estranged from most of his family, including his mother.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Tracy Morgan Released from Hospital Following Collapse

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Tracy Morgan has been released from a Park City, Utah, hospital following his collapse Sunday night due to what his rep described as a bout with exhaustion and altitude sickness.

The 30 Rock star commented on his condition Monday on Twitter, writing, "Superman ran into a little kryptonite. The high altitude in Utah shook up this kid from Brooklyn."

Morgan also noted that he will return to work on his NBC comedy Tuesday morning.

TMZ reports the comedian was spotted at a Utah airport Monday carrying an oxygen tank that had a breathing tube connected to his nose.

Morgan collapsed not long after accepting an award at a ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival.  His rep has denied reports that the actor and comedian consumed alcohol before the incident.

There was also speculation that Morgan, who suffers from diabetes, may have went into diabetic shock.

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Monday
Jan232012

Tracy Morgan Rushed to Hospital at Sundance Film Festival

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Comedian and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was rushed to a hospital Sunday night after falling over during an awards ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival.

Morgan was attending the Creative Coalition Spotlight Awards in Park City, Utah, where he was being honored.  Sources told TMZ.com the former Saturday Night Live star "appeared extremely intoxicated during his award acceptance speech.”

Morgan was reportedly escorted outside by security personnel, and fell unconscious outside of the building.  Law enforcement sources stated that an ambulance was dispatched to the scene, TMZ.com reported.

The actor was brought to Park City Medical Center, ABC News confirmed.

Amy Roberts, a spokeswoman for Park City Medical Center, told TMZ no drugs or alcohol was found in Morgan’s system upon medical evaluation.

Morgan’s rep, Lewis Kay, also released a statement saying, “From a combination of exhaustion and altitude, Tracy is seeking medical attention … He is with his fiance and grateful to the Park City Medical Center for their care.  Any reports of Tracy consuming alcohol are 100 percent false.”

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. told ABC News, “he’s alright, he’s fine,” after consulting with friends of Morgan.

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Saturday
Dec102011

Louis C.K. Defends Tracy Morgan's Homophobic Comments

Katy Winn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with “Nightline” anchor Bill Weir, crass comedian Louis C.K. talked about his family, why he chose to launch his upcoming stand-up special himself and when jokes can incite controversy, such as when Tracy Morgan was chastised for making homophobic comments this summer.

During a Nashville stand-up appearance in June, Morgan told a joke in which he said if his son talked to him in an effeminate voice, he would “stab that little (n word) in the throat.” The statement later sparked enormous public outrage and Morgan publicly apologized several times, making it clear that there was no excuse for his comments.

C.K. took to Morgan’s defense, saying at the time that he was “on a comedy stage, not a pulpit.” In a recent “Nightline” interview, C.K. told Weir that he thought the gay community missed a prime chance to have a discussion with Morgan, verses just attacking him for his comments.

“To me that joke is Tracy trying to figure it out, ‘my sons gay now, ok, but he better not talk like that cause I can’t it. I don’t know how to deal with it,’” C.K. told Weir. “He’s afraid of it or he’s confused by it and then he blasts through the whole idea with a joke. That’s what jokes are. You don’t tiptoe through the idea, you just go ‘I would stab that little (n word) in the throat,’ and that brings everybody a huge relief in a very scary place and makes them laugh.”

“I think the opportunity that was lost was for the gay community to ask Tracy, ‘why did you say that’ and ‘what was your dad like’ and ‘what is being a man mean to you,’ you know what I mean? It could have been a starting point of a conversation that might have actually made a difference in how people feel about homophobia.”

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Tracy Morgan Offends Mentally Disabled

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tracy Morgan is in hot water again for comments he made during a stand-up routine.

The nonprofit organization The Arc is demanding an apology from the comedian for remarks he made during a performance at a New York City comedy club on Saturday.

E! Online reports during the 30 Rock star's second show at Caroline's, Morgan told the audience not to "mess with women who have retarded kids."  He reportedly went on to say, "Them young retarded males is strong.  They're strong like chimps."

Morgan then reportedly followed that with a joke about hooking up with a girl he labeled as "a cripple" on a dialysis machine who had a prosthetic arm.

The Arc's CEO, Peter Berns, told E! News, "Tracy Morgan should apologize immediately.  This quote is far too offensive to be excused as comedy, and it is very hurtful to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families."

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Saturday's stand-up appearance was Morgan's first performance since his infamous homophobic rant in Nashville, Tennessee on June 3.  Morgan has apologized several times for his anti-gay comments.

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Tracy Morgan Returns to Nashville, Apologizes for Anti-Gay Remarks

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Comedian Tracy Morgan returned to Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday to apologize for anti-gay remarks he made during a show there earlier this month.

Morgan's anti-gay rant made headlines after audience member Kevin Rogers wrote a Facebook posting about it. Rogers was onstage Tuesday in Nashville to accept Morgan's apology.

“I want to apologize to my friends and my family and my fans and everyone in every community who I offended with this,” Morgan said. “I didn't know. I didn't mean it.”

Since making the controversial remarks, Tracy Morgan has met with gay youth in New York City as well as officials with the gay advocacy group GLAAD and leaders in the Nashville gay community.

“I don't really see gay or straight,” Morgan said. “I just see human beings now.”

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Tracy Morgan Aims to Make Amends with Gay Community

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tracy Morgan is trying to make amends days after being labeled insensitive by gay rights activists, his colleagues, the general public and his bosses at NBC for an anti-gay tirade during his standup performance June 3 at the Ryman Auditorium in Tennessee.

The 30 Rock star will be meeting this week with several young gay people and people who have lost family members to anti-gay violence.

Morgan told eonline.com, "I know how bad bullying can hurt.  I was bullied when I was a kid.  I'm sorry for what I said.  I didn't mean it.  I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone.  My family knew what it was like to feel different.  My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987."

He added, "My dad wasn't gay, but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that."

Morgan explained, "Parents should support and love their kids no matter what.  Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else.  Our laws should support that."

Morgan will visit Tennessee next week with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for a press conference protesting the state's recent passage of the "Don't Say Gay" bill, which prohibits the discussion of homosexuality before ninth grade in public schools.

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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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