Beloved comedian Tracy Morgan has given his first television interview since last year’s devastating crash, when the van he was travelling in after a show was rear-ended by a Walmart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The comedian, who is still recovering from the accident and says he has no memory of it, sat down with NBC’s Today, less than a week after settling a lawsuit with Walmart.
“The case is settled, but the pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mac,” Morgan said, of friend and fellow comedian James McNair, who was travelling in the van, and was killed in the accident.
Morgan told Today of his devastation at learning this after waking up from a coma. “He was a loving man and he was a warm man,” he said, while struggling to hold back tears. “He was a good man. It’s just hard for me to see that he’s gone. That’s it.”
You can watch the highly emotional interview below, but be warned it may mess you up:
Morgan also spoke about his comedy career, saying that it will likely take him some time before he is performing again.
“I love comedy. I’ll never stop loving her,” he said. “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. Because I’m not 100 per cent yet. I’m not. And when I’m there, you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh. I promise you.”
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