In Tracy Morgan’s first television appearance since he nearly lost his life in a car wreck last year he shared an emotional interview. The accident left the comedian in a coma and his friend, James McNair, dead. On the Today Show Morgan shared with Matt Lauer about his hopes, fears and future in the world of comedy. Morgan’s brain doctor said the comedian will never fully be himself again and quite frankly, the Death at a Funeral actor wonders how he will be funny again.
Morgan was riding in a limousine bus on the New Jersey Turnpike when the vehicle was struck from behind by a Walmart tractor-trailer. As a result of the accident the comedian suffered severe brain trauma, several broken ribs and a broken leg. Since that time, the First Sunday actor has been fighting to regain a sense of normality. He said there are good and bad days, physically and emotionally. The Longest Yard actor said he longs for day when he can take the microphone and stand in front of his fans again.
The Little Man actor became emotional as he spoke about the support he has received from the fans. Morgan cannot wait to make them laugh again, but for now, according to the actor, it is on to the business of healing and getting better. He acknowledged there is a long road ahead before he can return to the stage but he is looking forward to it. He added:
One day, when I am 100 percent, I am going to grab that mic and never going to let it go. I am gonna be the funniest I can be, ’cause I ain’t never going to take life for granted no more.
On June 7, 2014 Morgan, fellow comedian McNair and a few others were returning from a performance in Delaware when their bus was rear-ended. McNair died and the Boxtrolls actor spent weeks in the hospital and in a rehabilitation facility. Walmart recently settled the lawsuit with the 30 Rock actor for an undisclosed amount and Morgan commended them for a job well done. Walmart U.S. president and CEO Greg Foran released the following statement:
Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident. While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what’s right to help ensure the well-being of all of those who were impacted by the accident. We are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement that ends this litigation. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved.
Dr. Brian Greenwald has stated there is not end in sight for Morgan’s recovery. Greenwald is the comedian’s doctor and the Medical Director for JFK’s Medical Center for Head Injuries. He believes Morgan still has a lot of great talent left which he will use in a real prolific way. The actor is still in therapy and has a lot of goals yet to meet.
Today for the first time since the tragic accident, the Cop Out actor’s fans had the opportunity to hear from the comedic genius. The actor, who still walks with a cane, often has memory problems, headaches and nose bleeds. To the degree the Top Five comedian can return to his old life depends on how well he recovers from his brain injury. Tracy Morgan has high hopes of returning to the world of comedy but wonder how he will ever be funny again.
by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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