In his first appearance since a horrific car accident last summer, Tracy Morgan appeared on NBC’s Today show on Monday morning. Sitting with Matt Lauer, Morgan looked much the same as he had before his limo van was demolished by a Walmart tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike last June, apart from the cane he was carrying. The actor also had small scars on his head that he pointed out during the interview. Morgan made repeated references to fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, who died in the crash.
“I can’t believe I’m here. I can’t believe I’m in front of you,” Morgan told Lauer at the beginning of the interview. The former 30 Rock star said his recovery is still ongoing and that he has good days and bad days. Morgan said he still suffers from headaches, nosebleeds and occasional forgetfulness.
Morgan said that he had no memory of the crash itself. But during his long recovery, he watched a YouTube video of the accident everyday. Morgan got particularly emotional when talking about his friend McNair. Morgan said that his last memory of McNair was when he was laughing at a joke during Morgan’s last show.
“The case is settled but the pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mack,” Morgan said, referencing the settlement he and McNair’s family had reached with Walmart.
Just a year after the fatal crash, Morgan knows there is still a long way to go.
“My goal is just to heal and get better,” Morgan said. “I’m not 100 percent yet. When I’m there you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh. I promise you.”