Last week Tracy Morgan settled his lawsuit with WalMart. That lawsuit stemmed from last June’s car accident on the NJ Turnpike that left Morgan and members of his entourage in critical condition and killing his comedian friend and mentor James McNair. Shortly after the suit was settled, it was announced that Morgan would appear for the first time publicly on the Today Show this morning to talk about the ordeal.
Morgan, who was visually still rocked (both physically and emotionally) by the accident as he’s still rehabilitating himself. In the interview with Today host Matt Lauer, Morgan thanked everyone from the doctors that helped him recover to the bystanders who helped on the scene of the accident for their support. Revealing that he wasn’t able to attend McNair’s funeral but watched footage of the service and footage of the accident online to give him a sense of closure. Morgan also revealed that he’s planning on returning to stand-up comedy as soon as he’s well enough to do so.
Also surprisingly, there was a lot of praise from both Morgan and his lawyer Benedict Morelli for how WalMart operated in this suit, often mentioned the retail giant “did right” by Morgan and his associates.
Here’s a followup clip of Morgan visiting the Saturday Night Live studios for the first time since the accident.