Tracy Morgan made a triumphant return to his comedic form at The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday; acting an ass on the red carpet and offering up some laughs during his presentation for the Best Drama Award.
But not everyone was thrilled with his speech that brought the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California to a standing ovation. The family of James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, the man and close friend of Morgan’s who was killed in that Walmart trash, was peeved that their loved one wasn’t mentioning during the course of the program.
Speaking with the NYDailyNews, Jimmy’s sister Pamela McNair expressed her disappointment with the former 30 Rock star.
“I understand it’s been a great ordeal for Tracy over the last 15 months. I just feel in some form or fashion, he should have acknowledged my brother — his mentor — because he lost his life,” she admitted.
“Emotionally, we’re still devastated and healing. It’s a tragic loss of a great human. My brother was just an awesome individual.”
The McNair family also said they haven’t heard from Tracy himself.
“I know there’s a healing process, mentally and emotionally. I’m sure being in that limo and seeing certain things, it was highly traumatic for him. But just take a minute along the way to acknowledge my brother. He has children, siblings, a big family all bearing that same pain,” she told the DailyNews.
In a public settlement, it was revealed that the McNair received $10 million for their grievances. According to Damon Wayans, Morgan was privy to a $90 million settlement, although that has yet to be officially confirmed.
“He’s a comedian. When I see Tracy on that stage, I see Jimmy on that stage. Their jokes are so similar,” Pamela, 51, concluded.
During his first interview following the June 2014 crash on TODAY, an emotional Morgan remembered his friend Jimmy Mack publicly with tears. He also told reporters after the show he hopes his tragedy “and Jimmy’s death” wasn’t “in vain.”
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