*Tracy Morgan may be catching hell in the U.S. for his gay-bashing rant during a June 3 stand-up appearance, but he’s still in good standing in Europe.
The “30 Rock” star was named outstanding actor in a comedy series at the 51st Monte Carlo Television Festival’s Golden Nymph Awards on Friday night, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Morgan was not at the event, which also recognized fellow U.S. properties “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm, “Desperate Housewives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Morgan’s prize was announced around the same time that NBC brass and “30 Rock” creator Tina Fey were in damage control mode over Morgan’s on-stage declaration that he’d “pull out a knife and stab” his son if he were gay.
As previously reported, both the Peacock’s entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt and Fey issued statements on Friday condemning Morgan’s words, which the comedian had apologized for earlier in the day.
Two more of Tracy Morgan’s “30 Rock’ co-stars are speaking out about the actor’s anti-gay comments.
On Friday, Alec Baldwin — an advocate of gay rights — sent a tweet with the message “Oh that Tracy.” But a day later, he added: “No one’s making excuses for Tracy.”
Meanwhile, openly gay actor Cheyenne Jackson, who plays Danny on the NBC comedy, issued a statement to Out Magazine.
“I am disgusted and appalled by Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant,” he said. “The devastating repercussions of hate-filled language manifest in very real ways for today’s LGBTQ youth. I’ve known Tracy for two years, spent many long hours with him on set, and I want to believe that this behavior is not at the core of who he is. I’m incredibly disappointed by his actions, and hope that his apology is sincere.”