Tracy Morgan revealed new details about the horrifying accident that almost cost him his life, and his recovery is nothing short of miraculous.
“I don’t remember any of it. And my doctor said, ‘You don’t want to remember any of it,'” he told Walters.
“The first night it happened, my wife got to the hospital, and the doctors told her, ‘We don’t know if he’s coming out of this coma,'” Morgan said. “But when I first came out of the coma, I was blind for a week.”
Morgan and three other passengers were leaving a comedy performance at a Delaware casino when a Walmart tractor trailer crashed into the van in which they were riding. His friend and fellow comedian Jimmy Mack was killed in the accident.
“The pain of losing my friend will always be there. I know he’s in a better place,” Morgan said. “I survived that crash for a reason. I’m still here for a reason. I guess my room wasn’t ready. Who knows? Maybe he kept me here to raise my daughter, to raise my family.”
While Morgan was not well enough to attend the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, he did get a warm welcome back from the show later in the year.
“Sitting home, I think the lowest point got for me when I wasn’t at the 40th anniversary, and I knew I couldn’t be there. I wasn’t ready,” said Morgan. He later hosted an episode of SNL in October as his comeback.
Walmart has settled a lawsuit about the crash out of court. “Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate,” Morgan’s attorney Benedict Morelli said in a statement about the settlement.
Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015 airs Thursday, Dec. 17 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.