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Fifteen months after being involved in a horrific car crash, Tracy Morgan made a surprise, yet emotional appearance at the 67th Annual Academy Awards.

Dapper in a burgundy tuxedo, the comedian presented the final award for Outstanding Drama Series and was welcomed with a standing ovation and loud cheer from the audience. “I miss you guys so much,” he said.

Morgan continued, “Last year Jimmy Kimmel stood on the stage and said ‘we will see you back here next year Tracy Morgan.’ Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, the support of my family, my beautiful new wife, I’m here. Standing on my own two feet. And God bless all of you, for your love, your prayers your positive thoughts over the past 15 months.”

The comedian went on to explain that it has “been a long road back. I’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days … I finally regained consciousness” And in classic Tracy fashion, the 46-year-old couldn’t continue without adding in a perfectly timed quip. “I was just ecstatic to learn I wasn’t the one who messed up.”

“Only recently I started to feel like myself again, which means a whole lot of young women are going to get pregnant at the after party,” he said just before announcing that the winner for Outstanding Drama Series was Game of Thrones. 

Morgan was a passenger in a limo van on June 7 2014 when Walmart driver, Kevin Roper slammed into it causing it to overturn. The crash injured several and killed comedian, James McNair.

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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