It’s been nearly a year since Tracy Morgan’s horrific car accident which took the life of his friend James McNair aka Jimmy Mac. For the first time since the accident, Morgan sat with Matt Lauer on “The Today Show” to discuss the past year of his life and what he’s been doing to recover. According to the former “30 Rock” comedian, he’s not 100% better yet.
“There are times where I have my good days and my bad days, where I forget things,” said Morgan. “There are times where I get the headaches, and the nose bleeds. I won’t even let my lady know because I don’t want her to be worried about it.”
With a cane in hand, Morgan sat with his lawyer Benedict P. Morelli as he recalled his emotional state after the accident. Last June, Morgan, his friend Jimmy Mac, and two other passengers were riding on the New Jersey Turnpike from a performance in Delaware when their limo was rear-ended by a Walmart truck. The two passengers were seriously injured along with Morgan, who suffered a broken leg, several broken ribs and severe brain trauma. Jimmy Mac was pronounced dead on the scene.
With tears in his eyes, Morgan remembered the pain of finding out about Jimmy’s death two weeks after the accident. He woke up from a coma with his fiancee Megyn and his son by his side. Megyn told him that they had put Jimmy to rest. Morgan didn’t truly feel the full impact of the accident until he started watching scenes from that night along with footage from Jimmy Mac’s funeral on YouTube.
“I had to know what happened to my friend,” said Morgan. “I had to know. I had to pay my respects, and that was my way. He was a close friend of mine, a comrade in comedy. He was a loving man, and he was a warm man. He was a good man. It’s just hard for me to see that he’s gone.”
Morgan has had a lot of support from his family and close friends like Tina Fey, who calls him regularly to check up on him. As far as returning to the spotlight goes, Morgan said that he’ll make his comeback once he feels 100% ready.
“Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal,” he said. “I love comedy. I’ll never stop loving her. 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 percent yet, I’m not. And when I’m there, you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh. I promise you.”
Watch the interview in full below.