Fifteen months after being involved in a horrific car crash, Tracy Morgan made a surprise, yet emotional appearance at the 67th Annual Academy Awards.
Dapper in a burgundy tuxedo, the comedian presented the final award for Outstanding Drama Series and was welcomed with a standing ovation and loud cheer from the audience. “I miss you guys so much,” he said.
Morgan continued, “Last year Jimmy Kimmel stood on the stage and said ‘we will see you back here next year Tracy Morgan.’ Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, the support of my family, my beautiful new wife, I’m here. Standing on my own two feet. And God bless all of you, for your love, your prayers your positive thoughts over the past 15 months.”
The comedian went on to explain that it has “been a long road back. I’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days … I finally regained consciousness” And in classic Tracy fashion, the 46-year-old couldn’t continue without adding in a perfectly timed quip. “I was just ecstatic to learn I wasn’t the one who messed up.”
“Only recently I started to feel like myself again, which means a whole lot of young women are going to get pregnant at the after party,” he said just before announcing that the winner for Outstanding Drama Series was Game of Thrones.
Morgan was a passenger in a limo van on June 7 2014 when Walmart driver, Kevin Roper slammed into it causing it to overturn. The crash injured several and killed comedian, James McNair.