This April 28, 2012 file photo shows Tracy Morgan at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York. Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has been upgraded to fair condition following the New Jersey highway crash that badly injured him and killed one of his friends, his spokesman said Monday, June 16, 2014. "His personality is certainly starting to come back as well," spokesman Lewis Kay said. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
In this April 9, 2014 file photo, actor Tracy Morgan attends the FX Networks Upfront premiere screening of "Fargo" at the SVA Theater in New York. Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren’t wearing seatbelts. Wal-Mart’s filing was made Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)
(Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Maeve McDermott, USA TODAY

(USA Today) — It’s been nearly a year since the crash that almost took his life, but the pain is still fresh for Tracy Morgan, who gave an emotional interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today show Monday morning.

“I can’t believe I’m here — it touches me,” the comedian said in his his first public appearance since the accident last June. Holding his cane, Morgan spoke tearfully about the difficult healing process following the crash with a Walmart truck on the New Jersey Turnpikeafter a show in Delaware. The crash killed his friend, mentor and fellow comedianJames “Jimmy Mack” McNair and seriously injured two other passengers.

For a public figure known for his belly-laugh brand of comedy on Saturday Night Liveand 30 Rock, seeing Morgan break into tears was hard to watch. He spoke candidly about his tough year of healing after suffering a traumatic brain injury in the crash, in addition to a broken leg, nose and ribs. “You can see the scars on my head,” Morgan said, pointing to his face. “I have my good day and my bad days when I forget things. I have headaches and nosebleeds.”



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