Talk about pulling at the heartstrings. Tracy Morgan gave his first interview after his scary car accident on The ‘Today’ Show June 1, and got super emotional while discussing his recovery. Find out what he said, and what his plans are for the future.
Will Tracy Morgan, 46, be heading back to work after his horrific car accident? The comedian gave a heart-wrenching interview on the Today Show June 1, where he opened up about how difficult life has been since he woke up from a coma in June 2014, and revealed his plans for comedy in the future.
It’s been a long and slow recovery process for Tracy, and it’s taken nearly a year for him to be strong enough to give his first interview about the tragic accident. While speaking with Matt Lauer, the actor admitted, “When I first came out of the coma, I was a mess,” and said he’s “been down” ever since.
Things are still far from perfect for the lovable actor, and he understandably explained during the interview that his priority right now is not getting back to work right away. “I love comedy, I never stopped loving her,” he revealed. “But my goal right now is to heal.” Of course, we completely understand, and are wishing Tracy the best in his recovery, and we can’t wait to see him eventually get back to work!
Sadly, Tracy lost his longtime friend, James McNair, in the crash, but told Lauer he didn’t hear the news until two weeks after, and had to watch the funeral on YouTube. “I had to know what happened to my friend. I had to know. I had to pay my respects,” he said, through tears. So heartbreaking. “Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal.”
Even months after the accident, Tracy was still suffering from a severe brain injury, and to this day, it’s affecting him. “I have my good days and my bad days,” he explained. “I forget things.” We can’t imagine how tough that must be, but just to see him up there talking and articulating himself so well is impressive!
Tracy’s interview comes just days after he settled a lawsuit with Walmart on May 27 for an undisclosed amount (it was a Walmart tractor trailer that struck his car from behind). At the time of the accident, the truck’s driver had not slept for 24 hours, and was going 20 miles over the speed limit. “The case is settled, but the pain is always going to be there,” Tracy admitted.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the interview? Was it just right, or too soon?
— Alyssa Norwin