Gay Audience Member Describes Tracy Morgan Rant

Says audience "hooted and hollered" during the performance

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Kevin Rogers, the Tennessee man who spread word about Tracy Morgan's lengthy anti-gay rant in Nashville last Friday, appeared on CNN to discuss Morgan's apology and describe the environment at the Ryman Auditorium the night the comedian performed. "As ashamed as I am for the Nashville audience, there was actually a lot of applause," he said, of the evening where Morgan allegedly joked that he'd stab his son if he discovered he was gay. "Some people were not laughing and clapping... but there were a lot of people who hooted and hollered."

Today, after mounting criticism, Morgan apologized saying, "I'm not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others. 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." Rogers said he "greatly appreciates" the apology and pledged "If he shows my community and his fans that he's truly sorry... than yeah I greatly accept his apology."

Interestingly, in the hours before his appearance on CNN, Rogers had to come out to his parents, with whom he never had discussed his sexuality. "It's something that we've never really discussed. I've always had a feeling my family knew but I just wasn't comfortable having that  discussion," he said. "I knew at some point tonight I would be receiving a phone call from my mother saying 'somebody called me and saw you were on CNN. What's the deal? So I thought this is a time where I really just had to step up... She was very supportive and was great and I love her and my dad very much for the way they've raised me."

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