Tracy Morgan’s upcoming project with FX has been put on hold as he recovers from a fatal accident that occurred Sunday when a limo bus carrying the actor and his friends was struck from behind by a tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Morgan, who suffered a broken femur, broken ribs and a broken nose, is expected to remain hospitalized for weeks, according to his publicist, Lewis Kay. Morgan was slated to begin work on an untitled series helmed by the creators of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” for FXX, FX’s comedy offshoot, in August, with an air date scheduled for January 2015.
On Tuesday, the network issued a statement asserting that production would continue once the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star is well enough to join the show. The network had already ordered 10 episodes of the series, Variety reported.
“The only thing we are concerned with is the health and recovery of Tracy Morgan and the victims of this tragic accident,” the network said. “We will support Tracy and his family in every way possible throughout his recovery. At the point when Tracy has recovered and decides that he is ready to go back to work, his show will be waiting for him. Right now our thoughts and prayers remain with Tracy, the other victims of the accident, and their families.”
Morgan, 45, was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and reports said he was in critical condition. His fiance, Megan Wollover, issued a statement dispelling a rumor circulating that Morgan’s leg, which was broken, would have to be amputated.
Harris Stanton, a comedian who was in the bus with Morgan, spoke to WABC. Stanton said Morgan ended up on top of him after the wreck. “I was just saying, ‘Help me, get me out of here,’” Stanton said. “He was unconscious, he was moaning and groaning, he was breathing. But I was the only one screaming.”
On Tuesday, audio from the 911 call made in connection with the accident was released. A witness told a 911 operator that Morgan’s limo flipped. Six cars were involved in the accident that killed comedy writer James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 62.
Kevin Roper, the driver of the Wal-Mart truck that struck Morgan’s limo, has been charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto. Roper is scheduled to make his first court appearance in connection with the case today in state Superior Court.