*Tracy Morgan has issued an apology for his anti-gay tirade during a show in Nashville.

The comedian and “30 Rock” actor said he was sorry for what he called “my choice of words” during his June 3 appearance at the Ryman Auditorium.

As previously reported, the comic and “30 Rock” star told the audience if his son were gay, he would “pull out a knife and stab” him. He also said, “Gays need to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying.”

In his statement, Morgan, who has three sons, denied being a hateful person and acknowledged that “even in a comedy club” what he said went too far “and was not funny in any context.”

Morgan’s outbursts triggered heated comment on Twitter, making him a “trending” topic Thursday and Friday.

The Human Rights Campaign said apologizing wasn’t enough. The gay civil rights organization said Morgan “now has a responsibility to make amends for his horribly hurtful and dangerous `comedy’ routine.”

Meanwhile, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation called on Morgan to remove anti-gay remarks from his show “and send a strong message that anti-gay violence is not something to joke about.”