We’re used to crying with laughter at whatever Tracy Morgan says or does, but this is a Tracy unlike you’ve ever seen.
“I can’t believe I’m here, I can’t believe I’m in front of you,” an emotional Morgan told Matt Lauer on Today, on Monday.
If you recall, Morgan and his friends were returning from a comedy performance on June 7, 2014 when they were hit by a Walmart tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike. Tracy was severely injured but his pal, James McNair a.k.a. Jimmy Mack, was killed.
Morgan told Lauer that he watched the accident on YouTube “every day” and then “lost it” when he came across footage of Jimmy’s funeral. Tracy was in a coma when his friend was laid to rest so “I had to pay my respects, that was my way.”
“Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal,” Morgan told Lauer. “He was a good man, now he’s gone. The case is settled but the pain is always going to be there.”
The 30 Rock star settled his lawsuit over the crash with Walmart just last week.
Morgan used some of the air time to thank his family and friends for helping “get his spirits up” but one nurse, specifically, he made sure to mention: Nurse Jackie.
“When I first came out of the coma I was a mess, I would curse her out, throw things at her, and the only thing she would say is, “Everything is going to be all right,” Tracy said, breaking up. And when he visited the hospital later in a much healthier state, he made sure to give her a big hug and let her know just how much her words meant to him.
Morgan said he has good and bad days, where he “forgets things,” or gets “headaches and nosebleeds.” But don’t count him out because he is determined to make a comeback.
“I love comedy, I can’t wait to get back on tour,” he said, continuing, “but right now my goal is just to get better, to heal, because I’m not 100 per cent yet. When I’m there, you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh.”
We can’t wait.