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

Tracy Morgan Cries in First Interview: 'I Can't Believe I'm Here''
Tracy Morgan Cries in First Interview: 'I Can't Believe I'm Here''



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.

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.