Tracy Morgan Wasn’t “Mentally or Emotionally Ready” to Make TV Return

29 Sep 2014, Beverly Hills, California, USA --- Writer and executive producer Tracy Morgan participates in the panel for the comedy special "Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue" during the HBO summer Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California in this file photo from August 7, 2010. Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by a Wal-Mart truck in a June highway accident, the retailer said September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) --- Image by © PHIL McCARTEN/Reuters/Corbis
29 Sep 2014, Beverly Hills, California, USA — Writer and executive producer Tracy Morgan participates in the panel for the comedy special “Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue” during the HBO summer Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California in this file photo from August 7, 2010. Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by a Wal-Mart truck in a June highway accident, the retailer said September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/Files (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) — Image by © PHIL McCARTEN/Reuters/Corbis

Tracy Morgan was absent from the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special because he is not prepared to be back on television after suffering serious injuries in a car accident last summer.

“They really wanted him to be there, but when it came down to it, he just isn’t mentally or emotionally ready to appear on TV yet,” a friend of Morgan’s told the New York Post.

In Morgan’s absence on the 40th anniversary special, his 30 Rock co-stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin paid tribute to him with a special “Tracy Morgan Moment.” (Watch below.) Morgan was a series regular on Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2003.

Morgan was critically injured when his limo collided with a Walmart tractor-trailer in New Jersey in June. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed in the crash. In October, Morgan’s lawyer said he may never again perform in public.

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SOURCE: TV Guide – Liz Raftery

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