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    Tracy Morgan Backtracks: Claims Has-Been Comments Never Were

    Controversy may help sell books, but publicly bashing your former coworkers doesn't exactly make for comfortable work environments. Which is why we're thinking Lorne Michaels may have had a word, at least if Tracy Morgan's suddenly toned-down comments are any indication.

    "It's not that I don't have nice things to say," Morgan told Matt Lauer when pressed about his "f--k 'em" comments to Cheri Oteri and Chris Kattan last week. (He had us fooled.) "It just never was there."

    "We never had a relationship, I don't have anything against anybody, but what happened happened…at any job there are differences. At any job, wherever you go, there are gonna be people who don't get along, who don't speak."

    In a leaked clip from the audiobook of his new memoir, I Am the New Black, Morgan named names and—apropos of, well, nothing really—slammed his former colleagues, pointing to their careers and claiming nowadays neither could so much as "get arrested."

    Maybe that was Chico Divine talking?

    "It's not that we didn't get along, we just never got. It was none of that with them two. Everybody else, we were like family. That's the nature of the business. Very competitive."

    Not that Morgan pulled all his punches during his morning rounds.

    Praised by Lauer for making the book real and raw and not simply punch line after punch line (or cheap shot after cheap shot), the 30 Rock star said he wanted to put his tale into his own hands and not leave his life story to be told by, well, we'll let him explain:

    "It's my story. I'd rather tell my story than have someone on the E! Hollywood channel tell my story. My story's what happened."

    Oh, that flatterer. Words hurt, Tracy. Words hurt.

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    Tracy's not the only star engaged in a war of words. Check out what other celebrity feuds are brewing.

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