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“30 Rock” Star Tracy Morgan in Critical Condition After NJ Car Crash

“30 Rock” Star Tracy Morgan in Critical Condition After NJ Car Crash

ABC/Randy Holmes(CRANBURY, NJ) –  Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was injured in a car crash on the N.J. Turnpike early Saturday morning, a State Police spokesperson told ABC News.A spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital said Morgan, who starred in NBC’s 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, is listed in critical condition. He and his party were riding in a chauffeured Mercedes Sprinter, a limo-type bus, and were returning from a tour date in Delaware when the multi-car accident occurred.  There were seven people on the bus at the time of the collision.One person, identified by New Jersey State Police as James McNair, 63, was killed in the crash. Three others, including Morgan’s assistant Jeff Millea and comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton, were injured, police said. McNair was a comedy writer for Morgan and the two were longtime friends. Millea is also listed in critical condition, said an official briefed on the investigation.
Lewis Kay, a representative for Morgan, released a statement on Saturday morning, saying that the comedian “remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital,” adding, “His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care.”
Morgan’s representatives do not expect “much of a change in his condition today,” but added that they will “provide a further update once more information becomes available.”The six-vehicle crash happened in the northbound lanes at mile marker 71.5 near New Brunswick about 1 a.m., according to N.J. State Police. The crash was essentially a chain reaction that began when the driver of a tractor trailer “failed to observe slow-moving traffic” ahead of him — possibly because he had dozed off. The driver tried to swerve away from the vehicle containing Morgan and others at the last moment, but failed, and rear-ended Morgan’s vehicle.  All of those injured in the crash were on board the bus,  the New Jersey State Police said. 
Multiple charges have now been filed against the truck driver, identified as Kevin Roper, including one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.  Morgan’s performance Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C., was cancelled.
Among the celebrities tweeting prayers and get-well wishes to Morgan: frequent SNL guest host Steve Martin, former SNL cast members Rachel Dratch and Chris Rock, 30 Rock guest star Chloe Grace Moretz, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Marlon Wayans, George Lopez, Bob Saget, Mike Epps, Rob Riggle, Questlove of The Roots, Andy Richter, Russell Simmons, Mary J. Blige, Ice T, Rosanne Barr, Joan Rivers, Josh Groban and actors Kevin Brown and Grizz Chapman, who played Dot Com and Grizz, members of Morgan’s character’s entourage, on 30 Rock.
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Comedian David Brenner Dead at 78

Comedian David Brenner Dead at 78

DavidBrennerSite.com(NEW YORK) — David Brenner, a comedian who appeared on The Tonight Show more often than any other guest, has died, ABC News Radio has confirmed.  He was 78.
Brenner died in New York City surrounded by his children, according …

Robots, Rappers, Beatles & “Royals” Rule 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Robots, Rappers, Beatles & “Royals” Rule 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Bret Hartman/CBSAmerica: Meet your robot overlords. Your French robot overlords.  The French electronic duo Daft Punk — the guys who dress like robots, don’t speak and are never seen without their helmets — were among the big winners at the 56…

The Grammy Awards: The Performances

The Grammy Awards: The Performances

Cliff Lipson/CBSSure, there were plenty of trophies handed out at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night in Los Angeles. But as always, the real focus of the more than three-and-a-half hour telecast was the performances.  Here’s a …

Grammy Backstage Report

Grammy Backstage Report

The Recording AcademyHere’s what the stars had to say backstage at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night:
– Daft Punk let their music do the talking for them throughout the night. The helmet-weari…

‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Top Surprising 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Top Surprising 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — On Sunday night, you could’ve tuned into the next-to-last episode of Breaking Bad, or you could’ve tuned into the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards to see the show win its first-ever trophy for best drama series…

Emmys Backstage Report

Emmys Backstage Report

Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Here’s what the winners had to say backstage Sunday night at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles:
– Riding a wave of momentum from its captivating final season, AMC’s Breaking Bad was named…

Emmy Winners List

Emmy Winners List

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Here are the winners in the top categories at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sunday at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. A full list of winners is available at Emmys.com.
Drama SeriesBreaking B…

“Breaking Bad” Return Episode Dedicated to Teen Who Died from Cancer

“Breaking Bad” Return Episode Dedicated to Teen Who Died from Cancer

Lewis Jacobs/AMC(NEW YORK) — The return episode of Breaking Bad this past Sunday was dedicated to Kevin Cordasco, a teenage fan of the AMC series who died from cancer. The episode included an on-screen dedication to the 16-year-old from Calabasas, Cal…

Sandra Oh Leaving “Grey’s Anatomy” After Upcoming Season

Sandra Oh Leaving “Grey’s Anatomy” After Upcoming Season

Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Sandra Oh is on the go. She’s announced that she will leave Grey’s Anatomy after its upcoming 10th season.The original cast member, who plays Dr. Cristina Yang, tells The Hollywood Reporter, “Creatively, I …

“Glee” Dealing With Cory Monteith’s Death ‘as a Family’

“Glee” Dealing With Cory Monteith’s Death ‘as a Family’

Eddy Chen/FOX(NEW YORK) — The decision to postpone the season premiere of Glee by only one week in the wake of Cory Monteith’s death was made by none other than Monteith’s on-and-off screen girlfriend Lea Michele, show co-creator Ryan Murphy said.
“Sh…

Comic-Con, Emmy Noms Made for a Good Day for “Breaking Bad” Creator

Comic-Con, Emmy Noms Made for a Good Day for “Breaking Bad” Creator

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Thursday was a pretty good day for Vince Gilligan. The show he created, Breaking Bad, was nominated for six Emmys on the same day the show on which he got his start, The X-Files, was honored with a star-studd…

The Second Season of “The Newsroom” Premieres Sunday

The Second Season of “The Newsroom” Premieres Sunday

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The second season of the Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom premieres on HBO Sunday night with Jeff Daniels continuing his starring role as news anchor Will McAvoy.
The second season features several new cast a…

Mad Men Season Finale Airs Sunday Night

Mad Men Season Finale Airs Sunday Night

Frank Ockenfels/AMC(NEW YORK) — The sixth-season finale of AMC’s popular drama Mad Men airs this Sunday night, and series creator Matthew Weiner promises that the episode will tie up all loose ends.Throughout the season, Jon Hamm’s character, advertis…

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Welcome Baby Girl

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Welcome Baby Girl

 
Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Baby “Kimye” is here.  E! Online reports that Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday morning at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.  The daddy, of course, is Kim’s boyfriend, Kan…

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Welcome Baby Girl

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Welcome Baby Girl

 
Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Baby “Kimye” is here.  E! Online reports that Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday morning at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.  The daddy, of course, is Kim’s boyfriend, Kan…

“Boy Meets World” Stars Reunite

“Boy Meets World” Stars Reunite

Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage(AUSTIN, Texas) — Kids of the ’90s, rejoice! The cast of Boy Meets World reunited at the ATX TV Festival in Austin, Texas, Friday. That’s right. Best friends Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter smiled on the red carpe…

“Boy Meets World” Stars Reunite

“Boy Meets World” Stars Reunite

Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage(AUSTIN, Texas) — Kids of the ’90s, rejoice! The cast of Boy Meets World reunited at the ATX TV Festival in Austin, Texas, Friday. That’s right. Best friends Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter smiled on the red carpe…

Alyssa Milano’s “Mistresses” Premieres Monday

Alyssa Milano’s “Mistresses” Premieres Monday

ABC(NEW YORK) — It’s still officially spring, but things get hot on ABC Monday night when the new summer drama Mistresses debuts.ABC describes the show as a “provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy gr…

“All in the Family” Star Jean Stapleton Dies at 90

“All in the Family” Star Jean Stapleton Dies at 90

Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage(NEW YORK) — Jean Stapleton, best known for portraying the wife of Archie Bunker on the iconic television show All in the Family, passed away at her New York City home at the age of 90.Stapleton won three Emmys for …

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