Glen Campbell Passes Away AT 81

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Glen Campbell — legendary country music singer best known for his 1975 hit, “Rhinestone Cowboy” — has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s … TMZ has learned.

Campbell died Tuesday around 10 AM in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer’s patients … according to a source close to his family.

The musician released more than 70 albums over a 50-year career, and had a series of hits in the ’60s and ’70s including “Gentle on My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Country Boy” and his best-selling single, “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

Glen made history in 1967 by winning 4 Grammys in the country and pop categories, and took home CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1968.

Campbell was also an actor and TV host who starred in the variety show ,”The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on CBS from 1969-1972. The 2014 documentary “I’ll Be Me” documented Glen’s farewell tour and struggle with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

He’s survived by his wife, Kim Campbell, and 8 children. Kim’s scheduled to speak at The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County luncheon in Tyler, Texas in November about the challenges faced by people living with the disease and their families.

Glen was 81.

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New Podcast Will Dive Deep Into The Origins Of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

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Ever wonder how a show about a grumpy, bald, middle-aged writer fumbling through awkward social interactions and banal inconveniences became one of the most beloved comedies ever to grace television screens?

A new podcast called “Origins” will figure out just that, with a five-episode chapter digging into how “Curb Your Enthusiasm” came into being.

The podcast, presented by DGital Media and hosted by journalist and “Curb” superfan James Andrew Miller, will explore a variety of “epochal beginnings” ― in film, music, books and relationships.

“Curb” initially ran from 2000 to 2011. In tandem with the show’s highly anticipated return to HBO, “Origins” will kick off with a chapter devoted to Larry David and the gang.

“People told me after the show started airing they had to leave the room for some scenes because they were cringing and they couldn’t bear to watch it, like it was a horror movie,” David says in a preview for the pod. “I had no idea it was having that effect on people. And I liked it.”

David will be joined by “Curb” actors including Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, Ted Danson, Richard Lewis, Bob Einstein and many more, all of whom will provide first-person accounts of the show’s early days while rehashing how it changed over time, becoming not just a great show but a watershed moment in comedy.

“The most bizarre thing is they would beg me to tell them to go fuck themselves,” Essman, who plays Susie Greene on the show, tells Miller. “I’d be in the middle of Broadway at Fairway looking at produce. And they’re just shoving phones in my face: ‘It’s my husband, call him a fat fuck!’ That kind of thing. So that was bizarre. But it’s kind of cool! Kind of nice.

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David Letterman Is Returning To TV 

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The six-episode untitled series will feature in-depth interviews as well as topics outside of the studio.

Two years after signing off CBS’ The Late Show, David Letterman is returning to the small screen.

The longest-serving host in U.S. late-night TV history is set to topline a new talk show for Netflix. The untitled six-episode series will premiere in 2018.

Unlike The Late Show, each hourlong episode of the Netflix series will be prerecorded and feature Letterman conducting longform conversations with a singular guest as well as exploring topics on his own — outside of the studio. A guest list has not yet been revealed.

“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely,” Letterman said.

The series is produced by RadicalMedia (What Happened, Miss Simone? and Oh Hello on Broadway and Abstract: The Art of Design) as well as Letterman’s Worldwide Pants banner.

“Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together,” Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. “David Letterman is a true television icon, and I can’t wait to see him out in the wild, out from behind the desk and interviewing the people he finds most interesting. We’ll have to see if he keeps the beard.”

Letterman hosted more than 6,000 episodes of late-night talk shows during his time on NBC’s Late Night as well as CBS’ The Late Show over 33 years. As a writer, producer and performer, he collected 52 nominations and 10 wins. He’s a two-time Peabody Award winner who will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize in October. He has interviewed virtually every presidential candidate as well as cabinet officials while also shedding light on topics including world hunger and climate change. (During his career, he has interviewed President Trump multiple times.)

Letterman announced plans to step down from The Late Show in 2014, signing off the air in 2015 with nearly 14 million viewers tuning in to see his farewell.

“I’m feeling anxious. I find, since I don’t have a show anymore, I can’t stop talking,” Letterman said in a December story in which he interviewed Tina Fey for THR.

The series expands Netflix’s talk show footprint beyond Chelsea Handler’s weekly talk show, which changed its format in its sophomore season to expand to an hour with more in-depth interviews, bigger field pieces and trips to India, Europe and more.

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Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett Lands At Amazon

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The authorized biopic is being produced by Ball and Desi Arnaz’s children.

Amazon has scooped up the rights to the Lucille Ball biopic that has a script by Aaron Sorkin. Cate Blanchett is in talks to star.

The film will center on the life of the iconic actress, who starred on TV sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life with Lucy. She was nominated for 13 Emmys and won four times, and she also won the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979. She was married to actor Desi Arnaz from 1940 to 1960.

The couple’s children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., will produce the film along with Escape Artists. Jenna Block will oversee the project for Escape Artists.

Blanchett was most recently seen in Cinderella, Carol and Dan Rather biopic Truth. She will soon be seen in Ocean’s Eight and Marvel and Disney’s Thor: Ragnarok. She’s repped by CAA.

Sorkin wrote the scripts for The Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs. He also wrote the script for Molly’s Game, which he also directed, for Sony. He’s repped by WME.

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Norman Lear Refuses To Be Honored By Donald Trump

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The TV icon will skip his Kennedy Center Honors—and it isn’t the first time he’s snubbed POTUS.

Representatives for Norman Lear have issued the following clarification: “Mr. Lear is thrilled to receive a Kennedy Center Honor this year. Although he has clearly stated he will not be attending the White House reception he looks forward to attending the Awards Gala at the Kennedy Center on December 3rd and ‘wouldn’t wish to be anywhere else that night.’”

The original story continues below.

Norman Lear, a TV icon who revolutionized the sitcom as we know it, is finally receiving a Kennedy Center Honor at the age of 95. However, Lear won’t be there to celebrate this milestone, thanks to Donald Trump. The New York Times reports that Lear will boycott the December reception at the White House in protest against the president, whom Lear considers a fool.

As the Times puts it, it is fairly ironic that Lear would receive this award during one of the most volatile presidencies in recent history, decades after he created a character like Archie Bunker in All in the Family. Bunker was a loud-mouthed bigot who, despite fiery rhetoric, was still a memorable and beloved TV character, who has often been compared to Trump and the president’s loudest supporters. Lear, however, doesn’t necessarily agree with that assessment.

“I think Donald Trump is shrewd in a way Archie never was,” Lear told the Daily Beast last year, shortly before Trump won the election. “Archie Bunker was far wiser of heart. Sure, the thoughts he held were antediluvian. But Donald Trump is a thorough fool, having nothing to do with the shrewdness that has allowed him to cheat and steal the way he has for his own good. Underneath that, he is a fool.”

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Ralph Macchio Is Returning To Star In A ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel

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The 1984 hit “Karate Kid” is officially getting a spinoff series, titled “Cobra Kai,” and its log line perfectly sums it up:

“The show is about two men addressing past demons and present frustrations the only way they know how: through karate.”

The two men are Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, reprising their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, respectively.

Per Deadline, the description continues: “Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.”

Pat Morita, the actor who played Mr. Miyagi, died in 2005.

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Here’s How ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Is Deleting Erinn Hayes From The Plot

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Till death did they part.

The CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” revealed Tuesday how it is dealing with the exit of actress Erinn Hayes, who played Kevin James’ wife, Donna, in the first season: She’s being killed off, CBS told the Television Critics Association.

So unless there’s a zombie episode, last season was likely the last we’ll see of the actress on the show. She was let go in June.

“The character will have passed away, and we will be moving forward in time, catching up at a later date,” CBS programming executive Thom Sherman said, per Entertainment Tonight.

Of course Donna’s tragic demise will leave James more room to interact with Leah Remini, his former “King of Queens” wife who joined “Kevin Can Wait” for a few episodes last season as a former rival cop. She was invited back as a regular when Hayes was let go.

Entertainment Weekly reported that James’ character will become an employee of a security company run by Remini this season. But the network insisted the show will not be a redux of “King of Queens.”

“I think when everybody collectively saw how Leah and Kevin were together in those last couple of episodes, there was an undeniable spark there,” CBS President Kelly Kahl told reporters, per EW. “I think Leah and the studio and network got together and we wanted to keep that magic together.”

Season 2 of “Kevin Can Wait” is set to premiere Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Sam Shepard Passes Away At 73

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He won the Pulitzer Prize for his play, ‘Buried Child,’ was nominated for an Oscar for his role in ‘The Right Stuff’ and recently appeared on Netflix’s ‘Bloodline.’

Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and Oscar-nominated actor Sam Shepard, has died at 73, a spokesperson for his family confirmed.

Shepard died at his home in Kentucky on Thursday, July 27 from complications from ALS. He was with his family at the time of his death.

“The family requests privacy at this difficult time,” spokesman Chris Boneau said. Funeral arrangements remain private, and plans for a public memorial have not yet been determined.

He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play Buried Child and was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in The Right Stuff as Chuck Yeager. He was in a relationship with Jessica Lange from 1982 to 2009.

In 2015, he appeared in Netflix’s dark family drama Bloodline as patriarch Robert Rayburn, which marked his final on-camera appearance.

His first New York plays, Cowboys and The Rock Garden, were produced by Theatre Genesis in 1963.

For his playwriting, Shepard won the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Outer Critics CircleAward in 1986 for his play A Lie of the Mind. He won 11 Obie awards for the off-Broadway plays La Turista, Forensic and the Navigators and Melodrama Play, The Tooth of Crime, Action, Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, Fool for Love and the trilogy Chicago, Icarus’ Mother and Red Cross.

True West and Fool for Love were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Revivals of Buried Child (1996) and True West (2000) were both nominated for Tony awards. His final play, A Particle of Dread, premiered in 2014 at New York’s Signature Theatre.

He made his screen acting debut in Bob Dylan’s movie Renaldo and Clara. His film acting credits also include Steel Magnolias, playing the husband of the beauty shop owner; Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven, for which his movie career took off; Resurrection; Frances; Country; Fool for Love; Crimes of the Heart; Baby Boom; Bright Angel; Defenseless; Hamlet; The Notebook; Black Hawk Down; Don’t Come Knocking; The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Brothers; Safe House; Mud; August: Osage County; Cold in July; Midnight Special; Ithaca; In Dubious Battle; and You Were Never Here.

He wrote the screenplays for Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point; Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas, which won the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival; and Wenders’ Don’t Come Knocking. He also directed for film, including Far North and Silent Tongue in 1988 and 1992.

Shepard also played drums in a band he formed called The Holy Modal Rounders, who were featured in Easy Rider, and he accompanied Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour.

Two volumes of his prose and poetry were published, Hawk Moon and Motel Chronicles. Hisnovel, The One Inside, was published in February by Knopf.

Shepard directed his plays at San Francisco’s Magic Theater and at the Royal Court in London. He was also active in the University of California, Davis Drama Workshop.

Samuel Shepard Rogers III was born in Illinois on Nov. 5,1943 and grew up in Cody, Wyo and Duarte, Calif. After a brief try at college, he dropped out to join a theater troupe. He began writing plays when pursuing an acting career in New York. Cowboys was based on his roommate and himself. His Western persona — jeans, boot, western shirt — bespoke his upbringing.

Shepard taught playwriting, leading classes and seminar at workshops and universities, including a turn as a Regents Professor at University of California, Davis.

He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986 and received the Gold Medal for Drama from the academy in 1992. In 1994, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. In 2009 he received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist.

In 1999 he received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his performance in Dash and Lilly.

Shepard is survived by his children, Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard, and his sisters, Sandy and Roxanne Rogers.

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June Foray Passes Away At 99

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June Foray, the voice of “The Rocky and  Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday. She was 99.

Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”

Foray was also the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among hundreds of others.

The first lady of voice acting, one of the original members of animation organization ASIFA-Hollywood and founder of the annual Annie Awards, was also instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category.

“We are all saddened by the news of June’s passing,” said ASIFA-Hollywood executive director Frank Gladstone, who noted that she would have celebrated her 100th birthday in September. “Although it didn’t come as a shock, it has really taken us back a bit.”

Gladstone noted her instrumental role in starting the Annie Awards. “It was part of her legacy and a testament to her enduring love for animation and the animation industry.”

Said ASIFA president Jerry Beck: “On behalf of ASIFA-Hollywood, of which June was a founder, we are mourning the passing of animation’s best friend. She has touched so many lives: with her voice that of so many classic cartoon character, her efforts to create ASIFA, to maintain the Academy’s Oscar for Best Animated Short and her leadership in crafting the category of Best Animated Feature. She was one of a kind. A trailblazer, a great talent and a truly wonderful person. We will never forget her.”

Recently elected Academy board member and animation veteran Tom Sito said of Foray: “She was a mainstay of the animation community in Hollywood and the queen of voice talent.”

Foray continued to work late in life, reprising her role as Rocky in director Gary Trousdale’s short “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” released by DreamWorks Animation in 2014. In a 2013 interview with Variety, Foray said: “I’m still going. It keeps you thinking young. My body is old, but I think the same as I did when I was 20 years old.”

Foray is credited with coming up with the idea for the Annie Awards, which started out as a dinner honoring the year’s best in animation in 1972, and she presided over what has become a gala event in the animation industry every year since. The Annies created a juried award named for Foray in 1995 that honors individuals who have made significant or benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation, and she was its first recipient.

Foray told Variety that she had been working in the animation business for about 20 years before the group that would eventually become ASIFA-Hollywood casually came to be. “We never did anything. Sometimes we’d have lunch together and call each other on the phone,” she said. Foray was a founding member of what was then called ASIFA West Coast in the early 1960s with fellow animation professionals Les Goldman, Bill Littlejohn, Ward Kimball, John Wilson, Carl Bell and Herbert Kasower.

In the early 1970s Foray pitched the idea for an awards show. “I was thinking that there were the Grammys, the Tonys, the Oscars, but nobody recognizes animation,” Foray said. So she suggested the board host a dinner, and though other board members said no one would show up to such an event, they rented space in the Sportsmen’s Lodge in the San Fernando Valley to honor animation pioneers Max and Dave Fleischer. “And 400 people showed up,” boasted Foray.

A longtime cheerleader for the animation industry, Foray lobbied for many years to have animated films recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. “I was on the board of governors for 26 years and I tried for 20 years” to convince the Academy to have a category for animated features, she told Variety. Finally the Academy created the category in 2001, and DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek” won the first Oscar for animated feature. Afterward, Foray said, “Jeffrey Katzenberg called me to thank me because he was aware of what I had done.”

Though not a superstar in the traditional sense, Foray had an impressive list of fans, as Leonard Maltin relayed in his forward to Foray’s 2009 autobiography “Did You Grow Up With Me, Too?” He wrote: “When I was fortunate enough to attend the Oscar nominees’ luncheon in 2007, I asked director Martin Scorsese who he was excited to have met that day, among the hundred-or-so contenders and Academy guests. He smiled and said, ‘June Foray.’”

Foray was born June Lucille Forer in Springfield, Mass., and she was doing vocal work in local radio dramas by the time she was 12. She continued working in radio after her family moved to Los Angeles after she graduated from high school, following her dream of becoming an actress. She even had her own “Lady Make Believe” radio show that showcased her vocal talents, and she appeared regularly on network shows such as “Lux Radio Theater” and “The Jimmy Durante Show.”

She met her future husband, writer and director Hobart Donavan, while working on “Smilin’ Ed’s Buster Brown Show,” then moved on to work with Steve Allen on morning radio show “Smile Time,” in which she’d play “everyone and everything. It was there that I perfected my Spanish accent and where my booming Marjorie Main-type voice got a good workout,” she recalled in her autobiography.

After “Smile Time,” Foray found work with Capitol Records, where she recorded many children’s albums and where she first met and worked with Stan Freberg and Daws Butler, with whom she recorded several comedy records, including “Dragnet” parody “St. George and the Dragonet.” Later she was a regular cast member of “The Stan Freberg Show” on CBS Radio.

Foray got her start in the animation business when someone from the Walt Disney studio called her to ask if she could do the voice of a cat. “Well, I could do anything,” recalled Foray in an interview with Variety. “So he hired me as Lucifer the cat in ‘Cinderella,’ and then I started to work for Disney.” Much of her work for Disney was uncredited, including work as a mermaid and squaw in “Peter Pan.” But she starred as the voice of Hazel the Witch in the 1952 Donald Duck short “Trick or Treat,” using a voice that would later morph into “Looney Tunes” character Witch Hazel. She would often say that she voiced a long litany of cartoon witches, many of them named Hazel.

About the same time, the 1950s, Foray worked on a series of cartoons by such animation pioneers as Tex Avery and Walter Lantz. For Warner Bros., she became Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Alice Crumden in the cartoon parody of “The Honeymooners,” “The Honey-Mousers.” At Warner Bros. she met Chuck Jones, for whom she worked on several “Looney Tunes” cartoons, starting with “Broom-Stick Bunny” in 1956. She would later star as Cindy Lou Who in Jones’ cartoon adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

She also voiced Mother Magoo in the “Mister Magoo” series.

But her greatest fame came with Jay Ward’s satirical “Rocky and His Friends,” which would later become “The Bullwinkle Show,” eventually known collectively as “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” which ran from 1959 through 1964. Foray did most of the female voices for the show, including the voice of Russian villain Natasha Fatale, as well as that of Rocket J. Squirrel. She also voiced characters for other Jay Ward cartoons, such as “Dudley Do-Right” (Nell Fenwick), “George of the Jungle” (Jane) and “Tom Slick” (Marigold).

It wasn’t only in animation that Foray got to use her myriad vocal talents. She voiced the demonic doll Talky Tina in “The Twilight Zone” episode entitled “Living Doll” in 1963.

Despite her prolific career, she had to wait until 2012 for an Emmy nomination; she went on to win a Daytime Emmy for her performance as Mrs. Cauldron on Cartoon Network’s “The Garfield Show.”

A documentary about her life, “The One and Only June Foray,” was produced in 2013.

Foray was married to Bernard Barondess from 1941 to 1945. She was married to Donavan from 1954 until his death in 1976.

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Tracy Morgan Talks TBS Comedy And Post-Accident Life

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Tracy Morgan Morgan headlines the forthcoming TBS comedy ‘The Last O.G.’ which marks his first series role since ’30 Rock.’

It’s been four years since Tracy Morgan’s last series regular role, but a lot has changed since the 30 Rock grad graced the small screen on a regular basis.

Morgan was famously several injured in a fatal 2014 multi-car crash that took the life of his friend and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.

After an intense recovery process, Morgan returns to TV with the new TBS comedy The Last O.G., which also stars notable names like Cedric the Entertainer as well as rising stars like Tiffany Haddish, who comes fresh off a breakout role in the hit film Girls Trip. (“My bank account don’t show movie star yet,” Haddish said with a laugh about her rising profile. “They say nine months, it’s like a baby. I’m waiting for the delivery.”)

When asked Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour why he opted not to do a solo star vehicle, Morgan became contemplative about his post-accident life and career.

“Maybe I’m just a better man now since the accident. Maybe I’m just a better man. It ain’t about me, it’s bigger than me. I’m fortunate to have these folks around me,” Morgan said. “We just lucked up and got who we wanted with the folks that could do it. I’m just a better man now. I know it ain’t about me. It’s bigger than me and I thank God for that.”

In the comedy, Morgan stars as Tray, an ex-con who is released from prison after 15 years only to find that world has drastically changed since he went inside. In addition to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he is shocked to learn he is father to twins with his former girlfriend (Haddish), who has since moved on and married a successful white man. In order to provide for them, and himself, Tray must once again lean on skills he honed in the clink to get by.

“This isn’t a black show,” Morgan said when asked about the show’s appeal. “This is a show about humanity. This is a show about second chances. This is a show about redemption.”

When asked about his own second chance, Morgan simply said “thank God,” and discussed how the cast and crew of The Last O.G. have helped him on set. “They don’t ask me, they make me sit down for a little while,” he said. “I’m good, I’m taking care. And thank you for thinking about that. I’m taking care.”

While Morgan endured a lengthy recovery process following his accident, he said it was ultimately for the best in the closing moments of the panel.

“I had to get hit by the truck,” Morgan said at the end of the panel. “If I didn’t get hit by that truck, I wouldn’t be making the impact on the world I’m making right now.

The Last O.G. premieres Oct. 24th on TBS.

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