On Monday morning, Tracy Morgan spoke with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today show for his first televised interview after he was severely injured in a traffic accident in June 2014, one that claimed the life of his friend James McNair. Afterward, Morgan and his fiancée, Megan Wollover, spoke again with Lauer at the Saturday Night Live studios for NBC Nightly News, where Morgan was a cast member for eight seasons.
“You walk in this room, what do you think of?” Lauer asks. “Home,” Morgan replies. “Just being home. A lot of good memories.” Lauer mentions that Wollover and Morgan were video chatting when the accident occurred, the call suddenly ending. “I didn’t know he was in an accident: I just thought reception dropped,” Wollover said. “Once I found out the time of the accident, I realized I haven’t heard from Tracy since that point.”
Morgan was emotional throughout the conversation with Lauer, with tears overcoming him as he admitted to being afflicted with depression. When asked how he battles it, Morgan replied: “I love comedy, and I wonder how I’m gonna be funny again. Remembering my identity. What do I do?”
Morgan got most choked up on his follow-up statement about the outpouring support he’s received from fans. “I can’t wait to make them laugh again,” he said.
“I promise you,” he vowed, “one day, when I’m 100 percent, I’m going to grab that mic and I’m never going to let it go,” the 46-year-old said. “I’m gonna be the funniest I can be, ’cause I ain’t never going to take life for granted no more.”
Morgan’s interview airs June 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET.