Tracy Morgan appeared on Today Monday morning for his first public interview since his deadly car accident last year. Speaking with Matt Lauer alongside his lawyer Benedict Morelli, Morgan spoke out about the June 7, 2014 crash that landed him in a coma and his recent settlement with Wal-Mart. On the morning of the accident, a Wal-Mart truck caused a multi-vehicle accident involving the comedian and his assistant Jeff Millea, as well as comics Ardie Fuqua, Harris Stanton and James McNair. James ‘Jimmy Mack’ McNair died as a result.
Surprisingly, Tracy Morgan also thanked Wal-Mart for “coming through in the clutch” and taking “full responsibility” for the accident. The sum of the settlement has not been disclosed but the pain remains for the comedian who lost his writing partner and close friend. “The case is settled, but the pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mack,” Morgan tearfully said as he clutched at his cane.
The comedy world suffered a huge blow that day, losing some talented comedians for over a year and losing Jimmy Mack permanently. Fuqua and Morgan have both remained sidelined from the stage. Lauer asked the question many fans of the Saturday Night Live alum’s stand-up have surely wondered: will he ever perform again? Morgan expressed his love for comedy and his longing to make people laugh again. “But my goal is just to heal and get better. I’m not 100%,” he responded.
The aftermath of his brain injuries are still uncertain and he continues to work with a top brain specialist. “I have my good days and my bad days,” he told Today. He still suffers from a variety of symptoms: head aches, nose bleeds, memory loss. But the comedian is just grateful to still be alive. His lawyer Benedict Morelli lauded the care by the JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ.
It may be quite some time before we see Tracy Morgan well enough to do stand-up again or star in another TV comedy series. “When I’m there, you’ll know it,” he reassured everyone. “I promise you.”
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