"Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" veteran Tracy Morgan today made his first public comments since a traffic collision in June in which he was among those seriously injured and another comedian, James McNair, was killed.
As we reported previously, Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart in connection with the collision, in which the limo Morgan was riding in was reportedly hit by a Walmart truck.
"The funnyman, who recently returned home after a five-week stay at a hospital followed by rehab, was seen leaving his Cresskill, N.J., home in a black Lincoln Navigator on Monday morning," the New York Daily News reports. "The comedian flashed a smile and told gathered photographers, ‘Love you, thank you very much. Appreciate it.’"
Morgan, who was reportedly upbeat and noticeably thinner, with a visible scar on his temple, "flashed the victory symbol and sent a grateful message to fans Monday morning as he spoke for the first time since the car accident that nearly killed him," the story notes. "Moving gingerly and leaning on a walker, the 45-year-old comedian painstakingly hitched himself into a waiting Lincoln Navigator that had been pulled into the garage of his Cresskill, N.J., home."
Morgan commented to the gathered crowd before leaving: “I’m OK, I feel strong."
Morgan suffered a number of cracked ribs and a badly broken leg in the collision.
"The former 'Saturday Night Live' comedian was airlifted from the New Jersey Turnpike by helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. He spent two weeks there before he was moved for a three-week stay at a rehab facility," the report adds.