Emotional Tracy Morgan: 'The case is settled but the pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mack'

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An emotional Tracy Morgan gave his first interview since the devastating highway accident last June that left him seriously injured and killed his friend, comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.

Appearing live on Monday's Today, Morgan looked much like he did before the accident, apart from the cane he was carrying. Wearing a checkered suit jacket, black shirt and blue pants, Morgan did sport a few small scars on his head, which he pointed out during the interview.

As for his recovery, Morgan said he has good days and bad days, times when he forgets things and has headaches and nosebleeds.

Although he says he can't remember the accident itself, Morgan seemed grateful to have survived.

"I can't believe I'm here. I can't believe I'm in front of you," he said at the beginning of the interview.

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Emotional Tracy Morgan: 'The case is settled but the pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mack'
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Actor Tracy Morgan visits 106 & Park at BET studio on April 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images)
This Friday, April 21, 2013 image released by South Beach Comedy Festival shows comedian Tracy Morgan performing during the 8th Annual South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami Beach, Fla. The comedy festival runs through April 21. (AP Photo/South Beach Comedy Festival 2013, Mitchell Zachs)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: James McNair at A Toast To Young Hollywood at Sofitel Hotel on June 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/Getty Images)
PEEKSKILL, NY - JUNE 12: A general view at James McNair's funeral service at Paramount Theater on June 12, 2014 in Peekskill, New York. McNair was killed on the New Jersey turnpike in an multi-vehicle accident that seriously injured fellow comedian Tracy Morgan on June 7, 2014. (Photo by Kenneth Gabrielsen/Getty Images)
PEEKSKILL, NY - JUNE 12: A general view at James McNair's funeral service at Paramount Theater on June 12, 2014 in Peekskill, New York. McNair was killed on the New Jersey turnpike in an multi-vehicle accident that seriously injured fellow comedian Tracy Morgan on June 7, 2014. (Photo by Kenneth Gabrielsen/Getty Images)
Jamel, right, and Danita McNair, the children of James McNair, are interviewed in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The family of McNair, a comedian killed in the crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer, has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart, an attorney representing the family said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Ricki Brazil, Floyd Mayweather Jr., J'Leon Love and James McNair at A Toast To Young Hollywood at Sofitel Hotel on June 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/Getty Images)
PEEKSKILL, NY - JUNE 12: Jamel McNair, son of James McNair, is seen at his father's funeral service at Paramount Theater on June 12, 2014 in Peekskill, New York. McNair was killed on the New Jersey turnpike in an multi-vehicle accident that seriously injured fellow comedian Tracy Morgan on June 7, 2014. (Photo by Kenneth Gabrielsen/Getty Images)
Traffic moves pass the scene of a serious accident at milepost 71 on the northbound lanes of New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, June 7, 2014 near Cranbury, N.J. Comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition following an early morning accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The comedian was injured in a crash involving six vehicles that left at least one person dead and several others, including Morgan, with serious injuries. (AP Photo/David Gard)
Traffic moves pass the scene of a serious accident at milepost 71 on the northbound lanes of New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, June 7, 2014 near Cranbury, N.J. Comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition following an early morning accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The comedian was injured in a crash involving six vehicles that left at least one person dead and several others, including Morgan, with serious injuries. (AP Photo/David Gard)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan visits Covino and Rich at SiriusXM Studios on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
This photo provided by the New Jersey State Police shows Kevin Roper. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured and another man dead. (AP Photo/New Jersey State Police)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Tracy Morgan speaks onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Tracy Morgan and Meghan Wollover attend the Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Spike TV)
Alec Baldwin, right, and Tracy Morgan joke around backstage after "30 Rock" won the award for outstanding comedy series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Billy Baldwin is at rear right. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Jack McBrayer, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Alec Baldwin visit 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on January 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight, (12:00 - 1:06 a.m., ET), following 'Nightline,' packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 included Howard Stern ('The Howard Stern Show'), actor Tracy Morgan ('30 Rock') and musical guest Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images) HOWARD STERN, JIMMY KIMMEL, TRACY MORGAN
30 ROCK -- 'Governor Dunston' Episode 702 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan -- (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
30 ROCK -- 'The Beginning of the End' Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jack McBrayer as Kenneth Parcell, Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan -- (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
30 ROCK -- 'The Tuxedo Begins' Episode 608 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan (Photo by Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 20 -- Aired 05/10/2003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dan Aykroyd as chief science officer, Tracy Morgan as Astronaut Jones during 'Astronaut Jones' skit (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 7 -- Air Date 12/06/2003 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan as Brian Fellows during the 'Brian Fellow's Safari Planet' skit on December 6, 2008 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Mogran (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 11 -- Aired 02/08/2003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan as Joe Jackson, Jimmy Fallon during 'Weekend Update' (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 17 -- Air Date 04/13/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan as themselves during 'A Message from Saturday Night Live' on April 13, 2002 (Photo by Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/06/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cameron Diaz as Renada, Maya Rudolph as Jennifer, Tracy Morgan as Keith, during the 'MTV Spring Break' skit on April 6, 2002 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 6 -- Air Date 11/17/2001 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan during the 'War Party' skit on Novmeber 17,2001 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 10 -- Aired 01/20/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Janet Reno, Tracy Morgan, Darrell Hammond onstage (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 9 -- Aired 01/13/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Morgan as Eric Dickerson, Will Ferrell as Dan Fouts during 'Eric Dickerson's NFL Pre-game Show' skit (Photo by Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Kattan as T'Ai Shay, Tracy Morgan as Devon during 'Jenny Jones' skit on April 8, 2000 -- (Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Quinn, Tracy Morgan during the 'Weekend Update' skit on November 20, 1999 -- Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Morgan as Walt Dupree, Will Ferrell as Tom Bergeron, Cameron Diaz as Danika Sharpe during 'The New Hollywood Squares' skit on September 26, 1998 -- (Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 20 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Quinn as employee, Molly Shannon as employee, Ana Gasteyer as Janet Blaum, Tracy Morgan as employee during the 'Rant' skit on May 17, 1997 -- Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Air Date 09/28/1996 -- Pictured: Tracy Morgan as William 'The Refrigerator' Perry during the 'Hey, Remember The 80's' skit on September 28, 1996 -- Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBCU Photo Bank
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As for his recovery, Morgan said "I've been down," but he said his family and friends have helped lift his spirits.

"My goal is just to heal and get better," Morgan said. "I'm not 100 percent. When I'm there, you'll know it, and I'll make you laugh."

Morgan got choked up repeatedly and cried a bit when he spoke about the death of McNair, saying "He was a good man."

"The case is settled but the pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mack," he added, referring to his recent settlement with Walmart over the crash.

Morgan said the last time he saw McNair was him laughing from the side of the stage during his set in Delaware as Morgan told a Donald Sterling joke that McNair wrote for him. On the way home from that performance, a Walmart truck slammed into the back of a limo-van carrying Morgan and two others. Passengers Ardie Fuqua and Jeffrey Millea also suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Although he can't remember the accident, Morgan said he watched footage of it every day on YouTube after he came out of his coma and discovered that McNair had died. One day, Morgan said, he came across footage of McNair's funeral and "lost it for about a week."

Morgan also thanked the doctors and nurses at the hospital who took care of him, recalling that after he came out of his come, he was "cursing every day and throwing things."

Of the Walmart settlement, the Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock alum, who was joined by his lawyer Benedict Morelli, said, "I'm happy Walmart stepped up to the plate in a big way and they took full responsibility. I'm happy they took care of Jimmy Mack's family."

Watch the full video at the Today Show.

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