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Barbara Walters’ annual 10 Most Fascinating People special aired Thursday night with Caitlyn Jenner topping the list as the most fascinating person of 2015. But Tracy Morgan, Amy Schumer and Bradley Cooper also made the list.
Morgan is making a comeback after his 2014 car accident, which he talked about surviving.
“I don’t remember any of it,” Morgan said of the crash that left his friend and fellow comedian Jimmy McNair dead. “And my doctor said, ‘You don’t want to remember any of it.’ “
He added that when he first emerged from an 8-day coma, “I was blind for a week.”
Walters asked Morgan what was the lowest point for him after the accident.
“The lowest point for me … was the [Saturday Night Live] 40th Anniversary, and I knew I couldn’t be there. I wasn’t ready.”
For a while, there was concern that Morgan, who suffered brain trauma in the accident, would not be able to return to get back to the way he was before, but he told Walters he feels like he’s 100 percent recovered.
Still, when Walters pointed out that he’s always played characters that are a little out there, he said that’s not a bad thing.
“You play a character that’s a little bit spacey,” she said. “Are you a little bit spacey?”
“Yeah, cool. Yeah, we need that,” said Morgan. We need people that are a little bit ‘spacey‘ [making air quotes around the word] in this place.”
Morgan also shared his view of happiness and that he feels a sense of purpose from surviving the crash.
“Happiness is simply having something to look forward to,” Morgan said.
“I survived that crash for a reason. I’m still here for a reason,” he said.
When asked what that reason is, he offered, “Who knows? Maybe He kept me here to raise my daughter and raise my family.”
Walters’ interview with Amy Schumer took a lighter turn, with the two women having a candid (at least on Schumer’s part) talk about sex.
Walters got right into the subject, telling Schumer at the start of the interview, “You are known for being so honest, an honesty bomb, so I am going to going to ask a simple question about sex to see just how honest you are.”
“Bring it,” said Schumer.
“Do you ever fake it?,” Walters asked.
“Uh, yea … ” Schumer began, her voice then fading out as Walters said in a voiceover on the ABC special: “Amy explained her sexual experience in more detail than I expected or am allowed to share.”
Finally, Schumer’s voice returned, ” … And so I fake it as a way to say, ‘wrap it up.’ “
“Yeah,” Walters concurred. “Go home.”
Later the subject turned more serious when Walters asked about Schumer about her father, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was just nine. “Yeah. It was awful,” Schumer said. “That’s when I kind of took the lead and kept everybody laughing.”
“How is he now?” asked Walters.
“He’s not good,” Schumer replied. “Some days he’s really good and he’s with it and we’re joking around and sometimes I go visit him and it’s so painful I can’t even believe it.” But laughter, in all things, is an empowering force for Schumer, with her saying that it keeps her family going: “Most times we all just laugh.”
During her interview with American Sniper star Bradley Cooper, who also appears in the upcoming movie Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, the actor talked about getting sober.
The Hangover star ironically stopped drinking entirely in his late 20s.
Walters asked Cooper if that had been a difficult experience.
“No. Beautiful. Unbelievable,” said Cooper without a second of hesitation. “I would never be sitting here with you. No way, no chance — because I never would have had access to other people, or been able to take in other people no way. I never would have been able to have the relationships that I do … I never would have been able to take care of my dad the way I did,” Cooper said of his father, who died in 2011 and whom the actor was very close with.
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