"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" team releases statement on Tracy Morgan show

HUGHE DILLON / FOR THE DAILY NEWSFrankenlicious Jerseyfood Anthony Lombardi (left), of "Jerseylicious," with Tony Luke Jr. at the premiere of Luke's new cooking show, "Frankenfood."
HUGHE DILLON / FOR THE DAILY NEWSFrankenlicious Jerseyfood Anthony Lombardi (left), of "Jerseylicious," with Tony Luke Jr. at the premiere of Luke's new cooking show, "Frankenfood."
Posted: June 12, 2014

THE CREATORS of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," including Philly's Rob McElhenney, and FX's sister station, FXX, were set to do a sitcom with comedian Tracy Morgan, who remains in critical condition after his limo was hit by a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike last weekend.

The crash also killed comic James "Jimmy Mack" McNair and left two others with serious injuries.

"The only thing we are concerned with is the health and recovery of Tracy Morgan and the victims of this tragic accident," read a statement from the "It's Always Sunny" team and FXX. "We will support Tracy and his family in every way possible throughout his recovery. At the point when Tracy has recovered and decides that he is ready to go back to work, his show will be waiting for him. Right now our thoughts and prayers remain with Tracy, the other victims of the accident and their families."

The plot for the show has been kept under wraps, but it was supposed to launch in January alongside the 10th season of "It's Always Sunny."

Hart gets in the ring

Kevin Hart will host "WWE Raw" on Monday night in Cleveland to promote his new flick, "How to Think Like a Man Too." OK, picture this: Hart, who sees eye-to-eye with my 5-foot-4 height, gets in the ring and fights 6-foot-3, 418-pound Mark Henry. Now you want to tune in to USA at 8 p.m., don't you?

Starr turn

Restaurateur Stephen Starr was absent from his Jones (700 Chestnut St.) eatery yesterday, but that didn't stop Randi Sirkin, director of creative services at Starr Restaurants, from bestowing Superintendent William Hite Jr. with a check for $100,000 for the School District of Philadelphia. Starr sponsored a "Save Our Schools" campaign in his restaurants, in which customers added a school donation to their checks. Sirkin noted that Jones was a leader in the campaign, prompting Hite to joke, "I would like to think my wife had a lot to do with this."


* Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons was at Mitchell & Ness (1201 Chestnut St.) on Monday to talk about his project ADD52, an online radio service for unsigned artists. He chatted it up with local music notables like Yusuf Muhammed, of Veteran Freshman concerts fame, who recently spoke at the U.N. on youth culture, and rapper Chill Moody, who recently performed at the Roots Picnic. Yesterday morning, Simmons, a noted yogi and spiritualist, took a yoga class at Philly Power Yoga & Thrive Pilates (2016 Walnut St.).

Pep up for Papa

Hook up with 6ABC's Wendy Saltzman, Brian Taff and Karen Rogers today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rotunda at Shops at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St.) to get psyched for the 12th annual Gary Papa Run. Proceeds from the 5K, which takes place on Sunday, go to providing grants to local hospitals for free prostate screening and prostate-cancer initiatives. Beloved sports anchor Papa died from prostate cancer in 2009. For more info, go to garypaparun.com

* Speaking of Father's Day goings on, 97.5 the Fanatic's Brian Startare will sign his new book, This Day in Philadelphia Sports, along with co-author Kevin Reavy, at Xfinity Live (1100 Pattison Ave.) tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m., and at Chickie's & Pete's (1526 Packer Ave.) on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The book hit shelves last week.

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