TV Guide: So let's get this out of the way first: 2007 was rough for you. What was your lowest point?|
When me and my wife separated. Twenty-one years is a pretty long walk in the park with someone. So for us to come to this conclusion, it was like a death in the family.
TV Guide: Are you getting a divorce?
Yeah, I'm going through it, man. It's very hard. But we're good friends. We stay in contact every day. She's still my business partner.
TV Guide: Were you embarrassed about being arrested for drunk driving?
Yeah. I never wanted to be a poster boy forthat type of behavior. Drinking and driving is not acool thing.
TV Guide: You were sentenced to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet for six months. What was that like?
I was likethe Man in the Iron Mask! It had hair all over itfrom my leg when I took it off.
TV Guide: What was the most annoying thing about it?
Sores. It's metal up against raw skin. Also, I'm diabetic. If I get a little scratch, it's hard for it to heal.
TV Guide: How liberating was it to get it off?
Well, it felt great not to be monitored. I'm a grown man. But it also felt weird. Because I had to live without alcohol for six months. So now it's like, I can drink if I want. But do I want to? No. So I know it did good.
TV Guide: Did Lindsay Lohan or other celebrity alcohol-monitoring bracelet wearers get in touch with you?
No. Most peopledon't want that information out there. So they dotheir time quietly. It's like going to prison. You're notgoing to write anybody and go, "Yo, I'm in jail!"
TV Guide: You made fun of the bracelet on an episode of 30 Rock you shot before the strike. Was that your idea?
I learneda lot of stuff at Saturday Night Live, man. Some thingsare too painful to make fun of right then and there.But once the wound heals, you need to make fun ofit. I learned how to do that when we did that showafter 9/11. Eventually we were able to laugh again.So the bracelet came off and we made fun of it.
TV Guide: Speaking of the strike, how have you been passing the time?
I'm just sitting around the house. I have a girlfriendnow, and I've been getting on my woman'snerves. I get on my kids' nerves. That's what I do.
TV Guide: You have three kids. Do they let you be funny at home?
What do you mean "let me"? I'm Dad! I do what Iwant to do! I walk around buck nekkid. My kids hateit, but I walk around the house with no drawers on.I go commando in my house!
TV Guide: Do they think you're funny?
Hell, yeah! Especially when they look at their bank account.
TV Guide: In the new movie First Sunday, you and Ice Cube play guys who plot to rob a church. Have you ever stolen anything?
Yeah. My friend'sgirlfriend back in the ninth grade!
TV Guide: Did you and Ice Cube have fun on the set?
Yeah, but we were just working. You don't play games with Ice Cube. It wasn't like, "Hey, Ice Cube, you want to play Scrabble?"
TV Guide: You recently dissed Jimmy Fallon for giggling during SNL sketches.
I love Jimmy Fallon. Ithink he's a very talented person. I didn'tmean to hurt him or anything.
TV Guide: I hear that he's put out a hit on your life, though.
Yeah, he's like 50 Cent. Jimmy — call it off.I don't want to be sent for. Don't send forme, man! I don't want to get whacked.Come on. I'm a good guy.
TV Guide: You're turning 40 in 2008. Are you prepared?
I'm just chillin'. I'm layin' back. I'm heading into my middle age, and it feels good. I did the crazy Tracy stuff already. Now I'm mellowing out.
TV Guide: What is a more mellow Tracy Morgan like? No more taking off your shirt in public?
No, I'm still taking off myshirt. Just in a mellow way now.
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