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Tracy Morgan hugs 'homophobic rant' Facebook poster

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Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan

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Tracy Morgan has returned to Nashville, TN to issue an apology for his anti-gay comments.

The 30 Rock star's infamous homophobic rant occurred as part of a gig in the Tennessean capital that took place about two weeks ago. Morgan has apologised numerous times, including issuing a joint statement with The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Morgan last week vowed that he would return to Nashville to publicly apologise for his anti-gay remarks. Earlier today, the comedian scheduled a press conference in which he thanked the audience for being willing to forgive him, according to The Tennessean.

"I want to apologise to my friends, my family and my fans. I didn't know. I didn't mean it," Morgan said. "This is an opportunity in my life to make a difference.

"From the bottom of my heart, I apologise. To err is human, but to forgive is divine. Thank you for forgiving me."

Morgan then hugged audience member Kevin Rogers, the man whose angry Facebook post led to the backlash against the 42-year-old.

"I believe it was just a huge mistake," Rogers said.

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Watch Tracy Morgan's apologetic press conference in Nashville below:

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