‘The View’ kicked off it’s 20th season premiere with none other than Tracy Morgan! This marks the comedians FIRST daytime talk show appearance since his terrifying 2014 accident. He looked better than ever as he spoke about his emotional and physical struggles after the crash. Tracy even told the story of when he came face-to-face with his first responder.
The View turned 20 and returned September 6 for a wild kick-off to their new season with Tracy Morgan, 47! The comedian looked terrific as he stepped onto the talk show’s stage with moderator, Whoopi Goldberg, 60, and co-hosts, Joy Behar,73, Raven-Symoné, 30, Paula Faris, 40, Candace Cameron Bure, 40, and Sara Haines, 38. After his near fatal car crash left him in critical condition, with a long road to recovery in June 2014, he appeared in great spirits and he was cracking jokes the second he walked in!
In a crisp blue button-up shirt, Tracy strutted confidently to the stage seemingly without any trouble. He looked great with a smile plastered across his face, starting off his sit-down by joking that it’s been “two decades.” After reflecting on the accident that left him fighting for his life, Tracy spoke about how he saw “a few” people in heaven. “I’ve seen Biggie Smalls. He looks good; He lost weight,” the comedian said as the audience burst out laughing. He wore a thick gold necklace that had an emblem of Jesus on it. He said, “When I was in heaven that’s who I was hanging out with,” as he pointed to the necklace.
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The hosts welcomed him and jumped right into the topic of his accident. He said that his “motivation” to get through his recovery and “learn to talk and walk” again was to walk down the aisle with his wife, Megan Wollover. The two married August 23, 2015. He even spoke of the time he met his first responder, who he says was covered in his blood. Tracy gave us an update on his condition when telling the story too. He tried to recall all of the details of the reunion, but he said, “my memories bad now,” but, “I hugged him.”
Tracy even talked about when he “got in his own head,” during his hosting gig for SNL on October 18, 2015. He reminisced about how he felt like the audience was looking at him thinking, “What’s wrong with him? Is he crippled?” He said he thought people “felt sorry” for him. Then he went on to mention his friend, James McNair, who passed in the crash with him. Calling him “Jamie Mack,” Tracy said his friend was, “my og.” Now, the comedian “dedicates” his career to James and even said, “He’s here with me.”
Tracy has come a long way since his tragic car accident that occurred June 7, 2014 when his limo bus was overturned in New Jersey after a Walmart truck driver dozed off at the wheel, causing the crash. He was in critical condition after the vehicle he was traveling in was involved in flipped over. James McNair, a comedy writer and close friend of Tracy’s, was killed in the crash. Tracy’s assistant Jeff Millea was left in critical condition and Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were also injured in the accident. It took the 30 Rock star over a year to recover, and he was still suffering from the aftermath of a severe brain injury months after his accident. He spoke about how he was “a mess” after waking from a coma in an interview in June 2015. After making several comebacks to his brilliant work, he admitted in an interview with Rolling Stone on March 2016 that he “contemplated suicide” after the accident. We’re so happy Tracy is doing well after experiencing life-threatening injuries.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, 63, will hit the show Thursday, September 8 and Mary J. Blige and Maxwell are set to appear Friday, September 9, to talk about The View‘s new theme song, “World’s Gone Crazy,” and their upcoming tour. The show has a star-studded guest list for the start of it’s 20th season and the hosts will welcome some big names onto their stage! The celebs that are slated to attend the ever-changing show are, Gigi Hadid, 21, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 35, Anthony Anderson, 46, Keke Palmer, 23, Dr. Phil McGraw, 66, Harry Connick Jr., 48, Keke Palmer, 23, and so many more!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Tracy’s first daytime talk show appearance since his accident? Were you happy to see him return to daytime? Tell us in the comments below!