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'30 Rock' pokes fun at Morgan's anti-gay controversy

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Thursday's episode of "30 Rock" addressed star Tracy Morgan's anti-gay comedy routine.

Comedian Tracy Morgan is still apologizing for the homophobic comedy routine he delivered in June -- sort of.

On Thursday night's episode of "30 Rock," the show took the opportunity to revisit its star's controversy and to reiterate a policy of acceptance. When Tina Fey's Liz Lemon learned of a protest in response to -- you guessed it -- "TGS" star Tracy Jordan's stand-up routine about getting "turned into a gay," she confronted the comic.

"Oh my god! First of all, if you 'got turned into a gay'?!" a horrified Lemon declared. "Do you think the people of Raleigh, North Carolina, turned Clay Aiken gay?!"

"Why not? The Bronx turned me dyslexic," Jordan replied.

And just as Fey did in real life, Lemon reminded the comic that his show would not be the success it is without their gay co-workers. Check it out:

Not long after his real-life routine made headlines, Morgan worked with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and met with gay youth and victims of anti-gay violence. On the show, his character, Jordan, tried to apologize to the group -- except he called Glad, the company that makes trash bags and food storage items instead. Oops!

What does the actual GLAAD think of it all? “I thought it was hilarious. We’ve been called worse than trash bag manufacturers," said Herndon Graddick, the organization's senior director of programs, in a statement to The New York Times.

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