Prior to 2014, Tracy Morgan was known for two things: cutting-edge comedy and crazy behavior. Then, on June 7, 2014, he was involved in a brutal car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike involving a tractor-trailer. It left Morgan with broken bones and a head injury, and he was in a coma for two weeks. His friend and comedy collaborator James McNair was killed.
In a Nov. 2015 interview, he said:
But after surviving something like that, I’m probably never going to feel normal. I went to the other side. This is not something I’m making up. Do you know what God said to me? He said, “Your room ain’t ready. I still got something for you to do.” And here I am, doing an interview with you.
On Thursday, July 27, Morgan sat before assembled TV critics at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, promoting a new show called “The Real O.G.,”coming out Oct. 24 on TBS.
Here’s how TBS’ executive v.p. of original programming, Brett Weitz, introduced him:
Tracy Morgan was knocking at death’s door, and possibly because God,
Saint Peter, or whoever just wasn’t quite ready to deal with his
wise-*** remarks, he was given a second chance at life and
another opportunity to bring his bold, raw, and hysterical point
of view back into our homes. For that, we are eternally
“The Last O.G.” centers on Tray, an ex-con recently released
from prison after a 15-year stint, only to find his most beloved
Brooklyn isn’t what it once was. In his quest to acclimate,
Tracy will once again be given a second chance. But this time,
it’s to reconnect with the family he left behind, both those he
knew and those he’s just finding out about.
It’s too early to know whether the comedy will be suitable for families to watch. But, Morgan’s remarks indicated he has no axes to grind, that he just wants to tell a story about people of good will in an awkward situation trying to do the best they can.
What was most striking about the panel was Morgan’s open, heartfelt statements about faith.
Here’s a sampling …
On what it means to have a second chance at TV … and life:
Thank God. That’s all I got to say. Self-explanatory. Thank God.
On surrounding himself with such great talents as co-stars Cedric the Entertaining and actress Tiffany Haddish, rather than doing a show centered more just on him:
Maybe I’m just a better man now since the accident. Maybe I’m just a better man. It ain’t about me. It’s bigger than me. I’m just thankful — I’m fortunate to have these folks around me. …
We just lucked up and got what we wanted with the people, the folks that could do it. I’m just a better man now. I know it ain’t about me. It’s bigger
than me. I thank God for that.
On what he’s learned:
You can have a billion dollars and be a piece of s***. You have to be good to others. I know my reward is not — forget about what you all see me wearing. That is not my reward. My reward is when He welcomes me back into
And I’m rewarded that way by how I treat you all, how I treat my brothers and my sisters. I got redemption. I’m here.
Listen, I had to get hit by the truck. If I didn’t get hit by the truck, I wouldn’t be able to make the impact that I’m making right now. So, good. Thank you.
Whether “The Real O.G.” is a success or not, Morgan surely knows from whence his help comes.