Mor­gan rel­ishes sec­ond chance

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BEV­ERLY HILLS, Calif. — Tracy Mor­gan has a ready an­swer when asked about get­ting a sec­ond chance af­ter his near-fa­tal crash three years ago.

“Thank God. That’s all I’ve gotta say,” Mor­gan told a TV crit­ics’ meet­ing Thurs­day, where he was pro­mot­ing his new TBS com­edy “The Last O.G.”

In 2014, the for­mer “30 Rock” and “Satur­day Night Live” star suf­fered se­vere head trauma when a truck slammed into the back of the limo van he was rid­ing in. Co­me­dian James McNair was killed.

Mor­gan said his brush with death had a pro­found ef­fect on him. That in­cludes the kind of sit­com he’s do­ing. In “The Last O.G.,” Mor­gan plays an ex­con, Tray, who finds the life and the Brook­lyn, N.Y., neigh­bor­hood he left be­hind is gone.

Mor­gan has sur­rounded him­self with a strong cast, in­clud­ing Tif­fany Had­dish and Cedric the En­ter­tainer. Why didn’t he just go with a “Tracy Mor­gan Show” that gave him all the laughs?

“Maybe I’m just a bet­ter man since the ac­ci­dent. Maybe I’m just a bet­ter man,” he said. “It ain’t about me. It’s big­ger than me.”

He in­di­cated the phys­i­cal ef­fects of the crash may not be en­tirely in the past, say­ing peo­ple around him on set make sure he takes reg­u­lar breaks dur­ing the work­day.

“The Last O.G.” co-stars Had­dish as Tray’s ex-girl­friend, Shay, the mother of twins he didn’t know he had. In the 15 years he was im­pris­oned, Shay moved on, mar­ry­ing a suc­cess­ful man (Ryan Gaul) who is help­ing raise the chil­dren.

Gaul’s char­ac­ter is white, and Mor­gan said the sit­com is de­lib­er­ately in­clu­sive.

New York is home to more than black peo­ple, and all lives mat­ter, Mor­gan said.

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