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Morgan apologizes...

A stone-faced Tracy Morgan delivered a personal apology Tuesday to audience members in Tennessee who were offended by his anti-gay remarks during a stand-up routine earlier this month.

The comedian and actor returned to Nashville to meet with gay-rights advocates and attendees of the show, including the man whose Facebook post to 1,500 friends first brought attention to the comedian's comments. After the meeting, Morgan held a news conference in the Nashville Convention Center.

"I don't have a hateful bone in my body," Morgan told reporters. "I don't believe that people should be bullied or just made to feel bad about who they are. I totally feel that in my heart."

After about five minutes of prepared remarks, Morgan hugged the Facebook commenter, Kevin Rogers, before leaving the room. The "30 Rock" star didn't take questions.

It was Morgan's second public apology since his June 3 show in Ryman Auditorium.


Aretha's bad break...

A misstep on the spiked heel of one of her favorite Jimmy Choo designer shoes left the Queen of Soul in a hospital boot with a fractured toe on her left foot.

Aretha Franklin performed Thursday at the home of a Dallas "oil baron" and was packing her clothing later in a hotel room when she stepped on the shoe, causing the heel to "wrap" around the toe, spokeswoman Tracey Jordan told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

"She went to sleep, and in the morning it was still hurting and throbbing," Jordan said.

But Franklin had to hit the road for a performance Saturday in Greenwich, Conn.

"They were driving up Friday, and it started really hurting so they made a pit stop," Jordan said.

X-rays taken at an Indianapolis hospital revealed the fracture.

"She said, 'Thank God it wasn't my pedal foot for the piano!'" Jordan said.

The Grammy-winning songstress plays the piano during her performances, using her right foot on the instrument's pedals.


Ebert's words panned...

Roger Ebert wrote Tuesday that he should have hesitated before tweeting about the death of "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, a message that prompted an angry backlash and apparently led to the temporary removal of the movie critic's Facebook page.

Dunn, 34, a onetime resident of Williamsville, N.Y., died early Monday in a fiery car crash in suburban Philadelphia. Police say speed may have been a factor in the crash.

Referring to a photograph Dunn had posted on Twitter early Monday in which he is seen drinking with friends just hours before the 3 a.m. accident, Ebert tweeted: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." The photo has since been removed.

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