Matt Lauer sat down with Tracy Morgan this week for an emotional interview, and the comedian made a promise to his fans that he will return to comedy.
Morgan, who was involved in a tragic car accident last year which killed friend and fellow comedian James McNair, says he’s not ready to return to the stage just yet because he’s still healing. Not just physically, but emotionally.
“Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal,” Morgan said.
Tracy revealed that he doesn’t remember the crash–which was caused when the limo he and several others were riding in collided with a Walmart truck–and in the days that followed, he watched footage of it online.
“I had to know what happened to my friend, I had to pay my respects. That was my way,” he told Matt Lauer.
Morgan wasn’t able to participate in the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live earlier this year, though his old costars gave him a shoutout during the episode and wished him a speedy recovery. At that time, he just wasn’t ready to return to television, and after months of recovering from a severe head injury, several broken ribs, and other broken bones, Morgan says he’s still not quite there.
“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. 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.”
Morgan was involved in a lawsuit with Walmart over the accident, but told Matt Lauer that it’s been settled after a lengthy battle.