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Family Of Tracy Morgan’s Friend James McNair Who Died In Deadly Crash Settles With Walmart

January 22nd, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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James McNair's funeral in June 2014. Photo by Kenneth Gabrielsen/Getty Images

James McNair’s funeral in June 2014. Photo by Kenneth Gabrielsen/Getty Images

The New  York Daily News reports that the family of Tracy Morgan’s friend, comedian James McNair, has settled their case with Walmart. McNair was killed in the June car crash that severely injured Morgan.

The settlement was made out-of-court between the company and the estate of  McNair. It is the first settlement to come from the June 7th accident during which a speeding Walmart truck crashed into a limo van carrying Morgan and others home from a performance in Delaware.

The settlement was reached without the family filing a formal lawsuit. The details of the settlement were not revealed, according to the family’s lawyer, Daryl Zaslow.

“Whenever you have a situation like this, you always have mixed emotions, but the family could not be happier to have this piece done and try to move on with their lives,” he said.McNair, 62, was the only fatality of the accident. However, Morgan and his friends Jeffrey Millea and Ardley Fuqua were seriously hurt.  Meanwhile, the Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper, who prosecutors claim hadn’t slept for 24 hours before the crash, was charged with death by automobile and assault by automobile.

Morgan, a former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star, had been friends with McNair for 20 years. They met while performing at the Uptown Comedy Club in Manhattan.

McNair left behind two children, Jamel, 26, and Danita, 19, who are the executors of his estate.

Reaching a settlement wasn’t easy, says Zaslow who released negotiations with Walmart were sometimes “very contentious,” but “ultimately we were able to get to a number that was more than fair.”

“Under the terms of the deal, the superstore chain did not admit liability for the crash, but Zaslow said “they stepped up to the plate” for McNair’s family,” reports the News.

“We know there is nothing we can do to change what happened to Mr. McNair, but Walmart and his family have worked closely together to reach an agreement. Walmart will continue to work to conclude all of the remaining issues and we’re committed to doing what’s right,” said Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan in a statement.

Morelli did sue the company and that case is still pending in New Jersey federal court.

Morgan has also sued. Morgan, 45, suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and a broken leg. He spent two weeks in critical condition at the hospital. He is still recuperating, according to his camp.

Tracy Morgan May Never Perform Again Due To Brain Injury, Says Attorney

October 1st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: Corbis Images

Source: Corbis Images

Back in June, Tracy Morgan suffered devastating injuries after a horrific six-vehicle collision involving a Walmart truck. Though he has since been released from the hospital and has made some progress, apparently, a long road to recovery still lies ahead. According to Page Six, the 45-year-old comedian is still undergoing rehab, which consists of “daily speech, cognitive, vocational and physical therapies.” Sadly, his attorney, Benedict Morelli, says that it’s unclear if the actor will ever be able to perform again.

“The jury’s still out,” Benedict said. “The doctors don’t know the answer. I don’t know the answer,” he added.

Tracy recently made headlines after Walmart expressed in court documents that the “30 Rock” star is partially to blame for the injuries he sustained in the crash because he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt.

“Plaintiff’s injuries, if any, were caused … by plaintiff’s failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device,” the company said in court papers in response to Tracy’s lawsuit. “By failing to exercise ordinary care in making use of available seatbelts … plaintiff acted unreasonably and in disregard of [their] own interests.”

Tracy’s attorney, of course, isn’t going buying that explanation.

“They’re good blame shifters. I guess that’s how they make $783 billion a year, shifting the blame,” he said. “These people are despicable. They knew that they changed these people’s lives forever and killed somebody.”

Tracy also spoke out against Walmart when he learned of their response to his lawsuit.

“After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out,” he said in a statement. “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused.”

“My friends and I were doing nothing wrong,” he continued. “I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time.”

We continue to send our prayers to the victims and their families whose lives have been forever changed by this terrible accident.

“I’m Ok” Tracy Morgan Leaves His Home Looking Pretty Good

July 15th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Tracy Morgan Leaves His Home


It looks like Tracy Morgan is on the right track with his road to recovery. The actor and comedian was released from rehab last Friday and was recently spotted by the paparazzi leaving his New Jersey home.

Morgan, who broke his nose, ribs, leg and femur during the devastating and fatal car crash, was using a walker to get to his car but seemed to be in good spirits. He smiled at the photographers and threw up a peace sign before getting into the car.

And then as he was being driven away, he rolled down the window and told the well-wishing media, “I’m ok. I love you very much. Thank you. I appreciate everything.”

As we reported yesterday, the 45 year old is in the middle of a lawsuit with WalMart, saying the company should have known that their driver had been on the road for too long and hadn’t slept.

Take a look at Tracy, looking a lot like his old self, in the video below.


Tracy Morgan Released From Hospital Following Horrific Car Accident

June 20th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Great news! Tracy Morgan was recently released from the hospital following his horrific June 7 car accident, the Los Angeles Times reports. The comedian has since been transferred to a rehabilitation facility where he will recover from his injuries.

“Tracy has been transferred to an undisclosed rehab center, where he is expected to remain for the next few weeks,” said Tracy’s rep Lewis Kay said in a statement Friday. “While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go.”

Lewis went on to say that both Tracy and his fiancée, Megan Wollover, are very grateful “for the unbelievable care and attention” that he was provided at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey. The “30 Rock” actor suffered multiple injuries including broken ribs, legs and a broken nose in the wreck. Fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair died in the accident. Megan took to Twitter last night to thank fans for their prayers and support.

“All your prayers helped- moving forward- stable & fair condition, but the journey continues… #faith,” she tweeted.

Earlier this week, we told you that Tracy was upgraded to fair condition.

“Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement. His personality is certainly starting to come back as well,” Lewis said in a released statement.

We’re glad to hear that he’s doing better.

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15 Celebrities Who’ve Been Involved In Serious Car Accidents

June 18th, 2014 - By Nicole Akoukou Thompson
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Early this month, Tracy Morgan was involved in highway crash in New Jersey, which killed one of his friends (comedian Jimmy Mack) and severely injured him and other colleagues riding in the Mercedes Sprinter bus. Since then, Morgan’s reps say that he has gone from critical to fair condition and showing signs of improvement. We’re rooting for the comedian, and wish him a happy and speedy recovery.

There are numerous celebrities who’ve been involved in serious car accidents over the years. Some didn’t make it, some survived, and some hurt others when the accidents happened. Here are 15 celebrities who’ve been involved in scary collisions.





Almost six years ago, Freeman was in a terrible crash. His car flipped multiple times on a Mississippi highway. As a result he was seriously injured, suffering nerve damage and paralyzing his left hand. To this day he still wears a compression glove from time to time to help with his hand.

Rep Says Tracy Morgan’s Personality Is Starting To Come Back

June 17th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Tracy Morgan Upgraded To Fair Condition


After spending 10 days in critical condition, Tracy Morgan upgraded to “fair” yesterday morning following the horrific car crash he was involved in June 7.

The comedian’s publicist, Lewis Kay, shared the good news with CNN, saying:

“Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement. His personality is certainly starting to come back as well.”

That’s an amazing feat considering the severity of the actor’s injuries. On June 7, Tracy was involved in a six-vehicle collision in New Jersey in which the limo bus he was riding in turned over. The wreck included two tractor-trailers, an SUV and two cars; one person, comedian James McNair, was killed on impact, with seven others, including Tracy, being hospitalized. Tracy suffered broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken femur and a broken leg, but thankfully is beginning to be on the mend.

Kevin Roper, the driver of the truck that caused the accident, has since turned himself in to authorities and plead not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto. A criminal complaint shows Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the crash.

Here’s hoping to justice for the victims involved in the accident and a speedy recovery for Tracy.

Tracy Morgan’s Ex-Wife Urges TMZ To Remove Crash Footage: ‘They Are Destroying My Family’

June 13th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Last week, we told you all about the terrible collision involving comedian and actor Tracy Morgan. Shortly after news of the accident made headlines, footage from the crash was obtained by TMZ. In the video, comedian Ardie Fuqua can be seen being pulled from a wrecked vehicle by several people. Now, family members of the victims of the crash—including Tracy’s ex-wife, Sabrina— are urging TMZ and other sites to remove the footage.

“They need to take the footage down,” the mother of three of Tracy’s children told the Daily News. “They are destroying my family.”

“They are hurting (Ardie’s) daughter,” Sabrina continued. “This is just not good. I’m heartbroken right now … We’re hanging in there, but this isn’t helping. It’s ridiculous.”

Ardie Fuqua’s daughter, Krizya Fuqua, has also taken to the Internet pleading with sites to remove footage of the video.

“I honestly would like to petition for TMZ to remove this video,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “They don’t understand how hurtful it is to see my father be dragged out of this wreckage.Along with all of this false information on his condition. I understand people want to know and people want to be updated, but enough is enough. This is hurting my heart so bad that this video is posted for all to see. No one should see my father this way.

All I ask is to be kindly left alone so that my father and everyone else can recover in peace. Enough is enough. Please, TMZ, remove this video.”

Do you think TMZ should remove the video out of courtesy to the family?

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Tracy Morgan’s Estranged Mom Found Out About Crash On TV; Says His Fiancée Kept Her From Seeing Him At Hospital

June 11th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Tracy Morgan and his mother have a very strained relationship. If you’ll recall, in 2012, her home was in foreclosure, and she was hoping that her famous and wealthy son might help her out. He reportedly opted against doing so, putting out a statement that said the following:

“I am saddened that these untrue stories about me have people questioning my commitment to my family. For reasons that are between us, I have not seen my Mother in 11 years and outside of a random call here and there have had little to no contact with my sister. We all have personal family issues that we have to deal with in life, but I choose to deal with mine in private and not through the media.”

But his mother, Alicia Warden, chooses to handle things in a different way. She spoke to TMZ recently to say that she’s been completely left out when it comes to getting the details about her son’s tragic car crash in New Jersey, and that she found out about everything on TV as if she’s just any fan or follower of Morgan’s work. No one called her to keep her in the loop according to her. And if that’s not enough, she claims that Morgan’s fiancée, Megan Wollover, turned her away with the help of security when she tried to visit her son in the hospital on Saturday. She told TMZ that Wollover has a personal issue with her. Warden returned on Sunday to visit him, but claims she was only allowed to see him for five minutes, didn’t get to visit him alone, and that he wasn’t conscious at the time.

“All I wanted was for our family to be alone with him. I wanted to pray over him and couldn’t do that because so many people were in the room.”

Sad circumstances, but there are always two sides to a story (we ain’t got the other one though…).  Hopefully she will continue to try and visit Morgan despite what obstacles are put in front of her, because I think it will show that she’s genuine and wants to stand by her son’s side, despite their past issues. However, I would stop being so quick to call the media to vent about such issues. But if it helps her get in that hospital room, then I guess it’s not all for nothing. 

What Recession? Actors Who Starred In Two TV Shows At One Time

December 19th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Sometimes it’s hard to come by a check in Hollywood but these celebs, they had no problem finding not one but two gigs at the same time.

Actors Who Starred In Two TV Shows At One Time


Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash had us in tears as Deputy Raineesha Williams on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911!” Since then Nash has padded her resume with numerous guest appearances, along with her own reality show. Finding a regular check with TV Land, Nash plays a preacher’s wife opposite Cedric the Entertainer on “The Soul Man.” Nash is once again flexing her comedic acting chops with another show. The married mother of three plays a nurse at a geriatric ward inside of a hospital on HBO’s “Getting On,” based on a British show of the same name.

Why Kenan Thompson’s Career Is Proof He Is Wrong About Black Comediennes On “SNL”

October 16th, 2013 - By Charing Ball
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Kenan Thompson, one of two black performers on Saturday Night Live‘s current cast, shares his thoughts on why black comediennes (black women comics) can’t seem to find work at his job. According to TV Guide:

“Instead of blaming showrunner Lorne Michaels or the series, which currently only employs three actors of color out of 16 cast members (Thompson, Pharaoh and the Iranian Nasim Pedrad), Thompson blames the lack of quality black female comedians. ‘It’s just a tough part of the business,’ Thompson says. ‘Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.'”

Honestly, I think that Thompson’s mere existence on the show probably is the best evidence as to why this is not a matter of an inability to find “ready” black comediennes. Here’s what I mean:

All snark aside, SNL hasn’t been “Must See TV”-funny since, I would estimate, the years of Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Tim Meadows, Tracy Morgan and Cheri Oteri. Now I know that some may argue that the Tina Fey years were thoroughly entertaining or that the show hasn’t been seriously funny since way back in season eight when Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo, who were both major influences on the writing team, dominated the stage. But I think we all can agree that the comedy series doesn’t have the same spark it once had. Outside of topical political and pop culture events, which for the most part are easy targets to spoof, and some musical guests and famous hosts, who serve as great draws for viewers, the show has comically struggled as of late to give us memorable signature characters and skits of its own.

I wouldn’t say that Thompson isn’t a funny guy; The Steve Harvey Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and White People Problems are probably two of my favorites when it comes to his sketches. However, in the decade that he has been a cast member, Thompson has yet to develop a signature character, which connects with viewers. It’s a shame because most of the SNL greats had one: Dana Carvey had the Church Lady; Tim Meadows had the Ladies Man; and even Molly Shannon (known for Mary Katherine Gallagher) and Ana Gasteyer scored big with their “Delicious Dish/Schweddy Balls” NPR-spoof. Who is Thompson most notable for? Pretty much, DeAndre Cole and What’s Up With That? While it was probably entertaining the first time it was done, it certainly doesn’t read into a spin-off movie or television show material.

Thompson’s point about the competitiveness of the audition process is not without merit though. Saturday Night Live is a weekly series performed live, therefore, the turnaround time for brainstorming, writing and then producing each sketch is probably ridiculously short. And according to this interview in the New York Times about the 39th season changes (including several new hires – none of which were black women), SNL head cheese Lorne Michaels took pride in his process, which takes place in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and says he is not just interested in commercially funny people, but rather a total package. According to the article:

“’You can’t be famous before you’re famous,’ he said. ‘It’s one thing to be on a stage in Chicago or L.A.; it’s another thing to be standing in 8H,’ he said of the show’s studio. ‘It’s like standing in Yankee Stadium. They can all play baseball, but this is something different. And the weight of all that was just more palpable to me this summer, more than ever before.’ (Mr. Michaels is also supervising the ascension of Mr. Fallon to “The Tonight Show” this season, another job as executive producer.)”

But it is hard to understand exactly what Michaels, as well as the other decision makers, define as Yankee Stadium caliber when the entire joke around Thompson’s most notable character is that he can play a Jheri Curl wearing, church suit rocking, lisp-having talk show host, who likes to sing the same chorus of “What’s Up With That” every time his “guest” tries to talk. I mean, if this is a spoof of a BET-like show, make sure it’s something familiar and relatable to the actual thing you are likely to see on BET. Maybe it’s not Thompson, maybe it’s the writers (according to SNL‘s website, Thompson is not listed as a writer on the show) who solely come up with the material for him to play. And maybe it’s the directors who tell him to give them more lisps and bugged-out eyes. Would it be fair to put the blame on Thompson’s talent as a comedian if a concept itself lacks a degree of wit and cleverness? Or do we place the blame squarely at the feet of those decision makers, whose ideas of Yankee Stadium-level comedy is the same tired ol’ stereotypical cheap laughs?

You have to wonder why Thompson didn’t take the opportunity he had with this platform given in the interview with TV Guide to co-sign co-star  Jay Pharoah’s recent comments about his strong desire to see a black female cast member on Saturday Night Live. Pharoah even went as far as to name a comedienne he had in mind as a perfect fit for the cast without bad mouthing his employer in the process. You would think that a little diversity by way of a black woman might be aggressively pushed by Thompson since I’m sure he does not desire to do the black man in drag thing anymore.

Maybe it’s a matter of self-preservation? After all, according to Hollywood physics (with a side of geometry), no more than two black people can exist on the same plane without the word imploding. Add another popular black person to the cast – even if she is female – and likely Brother Thompson might be asking “what’s up with that?” if he gets a pink slip. See? Who says black women aren’t funny?