Tracy Morgan's interview is full of emotional honesty and it hurts.
Tracy Morgan is someone we're used to seeing in a comedy context. Whether you think he's hilarious or not, you've definitely never seen him like this. I watched the whole interview tearing up whenever he did. First it was over the death of fellow comedian James McNair, who was killed in the crash that's kept Morgan recuperating for the last year. He says, "Bones heal. But the loss of my friend will never heal."
Tracy last remembered seeing McNair in the wings during that final show. (screenshot via TODAY)
Morgan also became very emotional when he spoke about the difficult recovery he faced when he first came out of his coma, and the support of nurses and doctors at his hospital. He talked about a Nurse Jackie who was patient with him when he was angry and frustrated and in pain. She kept telling him it would be okay and he describes visiting the hospital and seeing her again.
Tracy faced physical devastation and the loss of a friend, yet he has no memory of the event itself. He describes watching YouTube footage of the crash over and over during his first few weeks at home and eventually finding a clip of McNair's funeral.
Host Matt Lauer asks Morgan what his goals are and if he'd like to get back to performing. He answers:
"I love comedy. 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. Cause I'm not 100% yet. I'm not. And when I'm there–you'll know it. I'll get back to making you laugh. I promise you."
We're looking forward to it, Mr. Morgan, and wishing you a speedy recovery. Now I have to go sob in the bathroom, because we have an open office floor plan.