An emotional Tracy Morgan sat down for his first interview since the June 2014 crash that took the life of fellow comedian James McNair. Morgan expressed that he was in awe that he was able to speak with Matt Lauer and be on the “Today” show after the extensive injuries and the recovery process he has been through.
“I can’t believe I am here. I can’t believe I am in front of you, just seeing the tragedy that happened. It just touches me,” he said.
Morgan revealed that his family was nearly with him on the night of the deadly accident, but he decided it was best they stay home because his daughter was teething at the time.
“I told Megan, I said… ‘You and the baby stay home. I am going to go to Delaware and I will be right back,’” Morgan told Lauer.
He revealed when he woke up, he was in the hospital and he had come out of a coma. His fiancée told him that his friend had died in the crash.
The limo bus that Morgan was traveling from was hit by a Walmart truck that was traveling over the speed limit. There were reports that the driver of the truck had fallen asleep behind the wheel, and Morgan recently settled with the superstore.
“Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal. I am happy that Walmart stepped up to the plate… They took full responsibility, and I am just really happy that they looked out for [McNair’s] family,” Morgan said.
He explained that he is still struggling with the injuries he suffered during the crash. Morgan walks with a cane, and he has visible scars on his head from the head trauma he suffered. He said he has no recollection of the crash.
“There are times when I have my good days and my bad days—where I forget things,” he said. “There are times when I got the headaches and the nosebleeds.”
Several times during the interview, Morgan was nearly brought to tears, especially when he discussed losing McNair.
“Every day I would just watch the accident on YouTube, and one day I came across his funeral on YouTube, and I just lost it for about a week,” Morgan said. “I had to pay my respects.”
Morgan thanked everyone who helped him after the crash, including his doctors and nurses and the people that pulled over the night of the crash to try and extract the comedian from the mangled vehicle. He also thanked the police officers and emergency personnel that got him to the hospital, and his friends, like actress Tina Fey, who have encouraged him to keep his spirits up.
Morgan said right now his focus is on his recovery. He said he plans to marry his fiancée soon, and one day, he hopes to return to comedy.
“I love comedy, and I can’t wait to get back to her, but right now my goal is just to heal, and get better,” he assured. “I’ll get back to making you laugh, I promise you.”