Tracy Morgan has apologized for unleashing a homophobic rant last week at a stand-up show in Nashville, saying his act "clearly went too far."

According to a transcript posted by Nashville fan Kevin Rogers on Facebook, Morgan said that if he ever had a gay son, the kid "better talk to me like a man and not in a high, gay voice or [Tracy] will pull out a knife and stab . . . [him] to death."

Morgan on Friday said, "I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others."

It dares speak its name

Clint Eastwood on Thursday presented Morgan Freeman, 74, with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award at a Lalaland do also featuring pals Samuel L. Jackson and Forest Whitaker. "I don't know if it's proper to love another man," Clint told Morgan, "but this is as close as I'm going to get to it."

Celeb health report

Talk shows are bad for your health: Jennifer Hudson was taken to a New York hospital Friday shortly after singing a couple of tunes on Good Morning America. A rep said the Oscar-winning actor-singer "was treated for food poisoning and released."

A day earlier, Justin Bieber's old lady Selena Gomez, 18, was rushed to hospital after taping Jay Leno's show in Lalaland. Gomez, who complained of nausea and a severe headache, was undergoing "routine tests" on Friday, her rep said.

TV news savior Jon Stewart says his hand required six stitches after he sliced it open Tuesday on camera.

My Name Is Earl tough guy Jason Lee on Friday showed off his bod on Live With Regis and Kelly, saying he's lost 40 pounds. Was it a diet program? Not really. "I just got on a bicycle and started pedaling," he said. "Like Forrest Gump starting running."

Hef's wedding on TV

In one of the greatest cultural events in Western history, TV fans will be able to witness the sublime, sacred - and carno-corporeal - union of blushing 85-year-old groom Hugh Hefner and his 25-year-old hon, Crystal Harris. But it won't be live. Lifetime will air the June 18 event on July 13.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Gossiper Perez Hilton says Kanye West marked his 34th b'day at a New York hotspot "hooking up with none other than Mary-Kate Olsen!" . . . Don't mess with baby boys, Russell Crowe tweets: "Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect."

Regal recognition

Actor Colin Firth, whose portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech proved Oscar-worthy, has also won favor with the late monarch's daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. The queen will name Firth a Commander of the British Empire, or CBE, in the Birthday Honors List, to be published Saturday. The honor ranks just below knighthood. Firth is one of 965 people receiving awards this year. Others include Nobel Prize-winner Robert Edwards (for work on in-vitro fertilization), who will receive a knighthood. Singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry will also receive a CBE, while golfer Lee Westwood will receive an OBE, or Order of the British Empire. Artist Sam Taylor-Wood and jazz singer Claire Martin will also receive OBEs.

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