*In his first interview since his gay-bashing rant in Nashville earlier this month, Tracy Morgan tells Russell Simmons’ Global Grind, “The reason I am successful is because I am so unfiltered. And sometimes as a result I say really stupid s***.”

During his June 3 act, Morgan joked that he would “pull out a knife and stab his son to death” if he announced he was gay — a joke that the “30 Rock” star seriously regrets making.

“The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight,” he tells Simmons. “I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society.”

“Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia. My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself,” Morgan says. “I don’t care if you love the same sex as long as you have the ability to love someone. Also, you should have the right no matter who you are to protect and serve our country.”

“I am deeply sorry for the comments I made. What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying,” he continues. “I would never want any young person to think that I wasn’t on their side.”

In hindsight, Morgan says the experience has taught him a valuable lesson about the power of comedy.

“When all of this set in, I realized how hurtful my words were. Not asking anyone to feel sorry for me or pity me, but I definitely don’t want or need people to defend me. In my heart, I know that the words I used are indefensible,” he says. “I appreciate the love from my friends and fans, but I was wrong. Period. Now, I just gotta think of some funny s***, not some s*** that gets me knocked upside my head.”