Although the 30 Rock actor did have surgery on his leg, Tracy Morgan didn't have or need an amputation. Unfortunately, that's one of the many pieces of gossip going around about the actor who remains in the hospital after a deadly car accident. But it's not anything new: Rumors spread during chaotic situations all the time (look at all of CNN's poor reporting during the Boston bombing), but that doesn't make it any less damaging when people exploit the confusion to fabricate stories. Now, when he probably has a million other things to do, Morgan's rep is instead running around trying to correct false information about the comedian's condition. On Monday, the rep released a statement addressing the amputation rumors, saying:
Tracy remains in critical but stable condition. His fiancée Megan is by his side. The concern for his well-being has been overwhelming, but Megan is respectfully asking that the media await official word through these channels before speculating (mostly inaccurately) on his condition. Rumors about amputating his leg are completely fabricated. As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg. We are working closely with the incredible staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to share information when it is available. This recovery will be arduous and we hope that you can be patient during this difficult time. Thank you.
So, not only is his rep's time and attention being eaten up by false rumors, but Morgan's fiancé Megan is even requesting that people stop their inaccurate speculation. Rumors confuse people to the point where some people even thought the fact that he was in an accident was a rumor, because no one knows what to believe anymore.
And of course some people are still spreading rumors anyway.
And then there's this gem, because when his life is on the line, all that really matters is his sexuality, right????
Ugh, can we please let Morgan heal in peace without speculating wildly about his condition? Yes, Twitter, I'm talking to you. Please respect his fiancé's wishes to wait on official announcements before reporting/inventing any misinformation. I'm sure she and Morgan's rep will be appreciative that instead of responding to lies, they can turn their attention to what really matters: Tracy Morgan's recovery.