Tracy Morgan talked to smug in a suit Matt Lauer on Today this morning and it was his first interview since a Walmart tractor-trailer crashed into his limo bus last June. The accident killed his friend, comedian James McNair, and left him with a brain injury and fucked-up bones. Walmart reportedly settled with James McNair’s family for $10 million and they also settled with Tracy. Tracy signed one of those “You Say Shit And We Sue For Our Money Back” contracts, so he can’t say how much Walmart settled for, but I’m guessing he got almost enough money to buy the Discovery Channel so he can make Shark Week every week.
Tracy told Matt Lauer that he was in a coma for two weeks and remembers nothing about the accident. While some of us would not want to watch the video of our car crash and would rather fill our heads with moving pictures of tiny kittens yawning while wearing bow ties and bunny ears, Tracy watched the video of his accident on YouTube every single day. Tracy also watched the video of James McNair’s funeral, because it was his way of paying his respects to his friend.
“I had to know what happened to my friend. I had to know. I had to pay my respects, and that was my way. He was a close friend of mine, a comrade in comedy. He was a loving man, and he was a warm man. He was a good man. It’s just hard for me to see that he’s gone.”
Tracy wants to get back to comedy, but he’s not ready yet. He still suffers from headaches, forgetfulness and nose bleeds. The interview is pretty hard to watch, because Tracy breaks down and it’s also hard to watch because there’s way too many shots of Matt Lauer’s face.
I did throw a “que?” face when Tracy praised Walmart like that. I’m sure the executives at Walmart went “awww” for a second and then went right back to whipping their drivers and shouting at them to snort some goddamn Vivarin, because they got another 24-hour shift to do. The People of Walmart need their Mountain Lightning!