Tracy Morgan may be in hot water for making anti-gay comments in his stand-up routine, but the 30 Rock star took the top prize for comedy acting at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
Tracy Morgan apologizes for homophobic rant: "I'm not a hateful person"
Morgan was named best actor in a comedy series during the international TV festival's Golden Nymph Awards Friday, Deadline.com reports
. Other U.S. winners included Mad Men
(best drama), Modern Family
(best comedy) and Jon Hamm
(best actor in a drama) as well as CSI
and Desperate Housewives,
which won their respective categories for having the largest international audience.Morgan's win comes after the actor apologized for making homophobic comments during a June 3 comedy performance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. During his rant, Morgan said he said he would "pull out a knife and stab" his son if he were gay.After being called upon to apologize by GLAAD and other gay rights groups, Morgan released a statement insisting he is "not a hateful person," apologizing for his comments and noting that he's "an equal opportunity jokester."
30 Rock's Tina Fey, NBC apologize for Tracy Morgan's anti-gay Comments
Morgan's 30 Rock
co-star Tina Fey and NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt
also distanced themselves from Morgan's comments, but supported his apology. Fellow comedian Chris Rock defended Morgan: "I dont know about you, but I dont want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriae sh--," Rock tweeted