Tracy Morgan isn’t helping his diabetic mom with her meager mortgage, should he?


For some reason I’m fascinated by stories about destitute family members of rich and famous celebrities. Most recently we heard about Madonna’s homeless alcoholic brother. There’s also Josh Brolin’s homeless brother, who lives in his car. Then there are family members of the rich and famous who are struggling to get by, like Justin Bieber’s grandmother, who works in a factory, and Tobey Maguire’s grandfather, who lives in subsidized housing and is on social security. I don’t believe that celebrities should necessarily give their relatives a handout, I just like to learn the stories behind how one of them ended up rich beyond belief while the other can barely afford to live. Family relationships are complicated and we can find ourselves in vastly different places in life from the people we grew up with.

“30 Rock’s” Tracy Morgan is the latest celebrity who isn’t helping a down on their luck relative. What’s more is it’s not a brother or sister or distant cousin, it’s his own mom and her house is about to go into foreclosure. She only owes about $25,000 on it and she’s diabetic and recently lost her job. Here’s the story, from the NY Daily News:

Tracy Morgan ’s mother is about to lose her house — and she says her multimillionaire son won’t help her.

Alicia Warden, who lives in northeast Ohio (and spoke on the condition we not reveal the exact location), says she owes less than $25,000 on her home, but the most the “30 Rock” star — who is worth $18 million, according to Forbes — offered to give her was a one-time payment of $2,000.

The comic’s younger sister, Asia Morgan, 41, confirms their mom’s financial woes and calls her famous brother a “d– bag.”

She says she’s done keeping quiet about Tracy, 43. “Because of the way he’s treating our mother, all bets are off,” says Asia.

“He’s never been a nice person,” says Asia, who lives about an hour and a half away from her mother. “And money’s just made it worse.”

Warden, 61, says her mortgage company has notified her that if she doesn’t make a minimum payment by Feb. 23, it will begin foreclosure proceedings on her home. She adds that her utilities are about to be turned off and she’s about to lose her car as well.

“My mom’s house isn’t extravagant, but it’s her home, Her health is failing. She has diabetes, and her legs are giving out on her,” says Asia. “This would be a drop in the bucket for Tracy. She has a son that can do, and she’s done everything that she could possibly could for her family.”

Warden says she worked until February 2011, when she lost her job. Not long after that, she adds, she first approached Tracy about helping her.

She claims he initially agreed to pay off her house, but changed his mind after accusing her of giving an interview to the media. (She denies doing this.)

Her unemployment benefits have run out, and Warden says she asked her son for help earlier this month.

After explaining what she owed, she says a woman working for him called back and told her, “Tracy’s offering you a one-shot deal” of $2,000.

“I told her, ‘Thank you, but no thank you. I’m not some person in the street,” Warden says, adding “That was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

“God don’t like ugly,” Warden says. “Karma comes back to you.”

Asia also reiterates what her mother told us last week about Morgan’s book, “I Am the New Black.”

“It’s 99 percent bulls—,” she says.

“My mother did everything she could,” Asia adds. “She ran numbers, but she did it to put food on the table. We were raised in the [Tompkins] projects [in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn}, but we didn’t think we were poor.”

We wonder if this situation is part of the 99. Morgan writes that regardless of the estrangement from his family, “I love my mother and always will. She did the best she could.”

A spokesman for Morgan did not respond by our deadline.

[From The NY Daily News]

I once heard about a guy who won the lottery and promised to set his sister up. He won about a million bucks, but this was in the late 90s so it was worth more than it is today. I met the sister, who worked in a bank and told me this story after I went to deposit around $2,400 that I had randomly won in the lottery. (That’s all I’ve ever won and I barely play now.) She said that her brother told her to quit her job, but she didn’t and kept on working. The brother later blew the money on a bad business deal in Jamaica, where they were from.

I don’t know what the answer is when it comes to helping out your relatives. It seems like it would be easy enough for Tracy to bail his poor mom out of her house and car payments, but who knows what kind of a mother she was, or how their relationship is now. He offered her $2,000 and they acted like it was an insult. The fact that his sister is bad mouthing him to the press after he offered some money makes me think that there’s much more to this story than a poor old lady who can’t get a rich son to help her out.

Tracy is shown on 1-26-12 on the set of “30 Rock.” He seems to be fine after his health crisis at Sundance. Credit: Fame

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  1. Steph says:

    I agree completely Celebitchy… Plus, if it something small that Tracy is offering wouldn’t she have taken it and been humble because she knew her options were running thin??

    I do feel bad that the mother must be going through rough times with her health being a barrier

    • irishserra says:

      I totally concur. I have a hunch that if she was such a loving, hard-working, self-sacrificing mother who did everything in her power to secure her children a safe, stable loving home, it would reflect in her son’s willingness to carry her financially and her daughter’s willingness to maintain some dignity for herself and her mom and brother by keeping family business private.

      However, as this is not the case, I imagine Tracy feels some sort of resentment towards his family members; yet despite this, still offered her some sort of cash assistance, which she felt was beneath her.

      Hmmm…

    • cassie lee says:

      Oh, bullsh*t. I can’t stand either of my parents, but if I had 18 mill cooling at the bank, I’d toss them 25k to keep a roof over dey heads. There’s something to be said for common decency and doing better than those who may have done you wrong…simply cuz it’s the right thing to do.

      • Jamie says:

        Agree with Cassie Lee completely!
        No matter what their past was, someone like Tracy is in a position financially to just give her the money.
        It’s nothing to the wealthy one. Plus, it makes them look good, it gets the person off their back,and honestly if tossed out of their home, will that relative then want to live with YOU?!

  2. Asli says:

    Hmmmph. This is a hard one. I’ll wait this one out.

  3. lin234 says:

    I’m first generation with parents from Taiwan and for Asians, there is more of a sense of duty towards family. It’s why it’s so common to have generations living together in Asia. Despite whatever may have happened, his mother did manage to raise him so in that sense, the least he could do is make sure she’s taken care of especially if it’s a drop in the bucket for him. What is 25,000 to someone worth 18 mil? That’s like two Hermes bags pretax.

    • TheOriginalVictoria says:

      It most definitely is a cultural thing. I am all for family but as I’ve shared on here I went through some very nasty things with my father, and I can tell you that if I saw that man homeless and in the street begging for a piece of bread, I would walk the hell right over him and not look back.

      I don’t owe anyone anything that treats me like crap whether you birthed me or not. One can only take so much and so I’m not going to judge Tracey because everyone is different and I know there has to be more to the story..

  4. RocketMerry says:

    It’s his money and he can do whatever he wants with it. Also, he offered some and they refused: any money is better than no money at all, when you’re in deep trouble.
    Maybe he wanted to help without giving some obscene amount of cash that his mother would not be able to manage? Like that, whenever she’s in real need she can ask him and he’ll evaluate if his help is needed or not. After a while you do get tired to be used by others, even if it’s family.

  5. Tiegan says:

    “if she doesn’t make a *minimum payment* by Feb. 23, it will begin foreclosure” and yet she’s obviously asking him to pay off the entire mortgage. And won’t take $2k?

    If (when) I become a millionaire, I’d definitely help out my family, but I don’t know their personal circumstances, so I can’t judge.

    It may seem like “a drop in the bucket” now that he’s a millionaire, but who’s to say he hasn’t filled that bucket up before and they just keep asking for more. And it’s always tacky to run your mouth to the press.

    • atlantapug says:

      I think you are right on the money (pun intended).

      They’ve probably been sponging for so long that he can’t deal with them anymore. Either that, or his childhood was a nightmare and she was Mommy Dearest.

      There’s definitely more to this story. Maybe when he was in kidney failure neither one would give up a kidney for him…. we just don’t know. I’m willing to bet it’s not just that he’s such a d*uche that he lets his mom get forclosed on.

      • ol cranky says:

        his diabetic mother would not have been a candidate to donate a kidney to him. if she doesn’t already have renal insufficiency due to long-standing diabetes she’s likely to become dialysis patient herself (combined with her age and her being black, she also probably has hypertension as well).

        On one hand I can agree with those who say it’s odd she turned down the 2000. I’m guessing that would pay her mortgage for about 2 months so, if she can not work and is on limited SS, that’s just putting off the inevitable loss of her home and becomes money down the drain when she loses the house so it kinda of makes sense for them to decline a small offer that won’t help her in the long run.

  6. Cerulean says:

    I believe there is always more to the story. He could have given them money that was squandered and decided not to give anymore. My older brother used to try to help his in laws but they began to expect it and wasted it. One even gave the money to her cheating abusive boyfriend. So he stopped. Now he is a mean terrible miser in their eyes and they whinge to anyone who will listen.
    So I always wonder about these poor relatives stories.

  7. Dawn says:

    If it is only $25,000.00 (which should be ONLY to him) I believe he should pay it. Tracy I believe is in his 40′s so I doubt his mother will have an easy time finding employment at her age anyway. So yep, he should pay it off and help her with taxes. That’s it. I am not saying he should foot all her bills, just this one. No one should lose their home when they owe so little in my opinion.

    • autumndaze says:

      I’m with you. I would even go further and say he should help her with her bills.
      This is his MOTHER for God’s sake and by his own admission did the best that she could.

      Are there celebrities out there who share their wealth that we give them?
      I would like to hear more about those…..

  8. mk says:

    She ran numbers. She did what she had to do. Tracy does what he has to do (according to himself). We all do what we think we have to do and, frankly, it’s no big deal in this nouveau riche monarchy masturbatory society that one relative should have it all, while the other is nose down in the dirt. I think that story is called the Man in the Iron Mask.

    • atlantapug says:

      Yes, because NO ONE has looser relatives who refuse to help themselves even with the best intentions (and financing) of their hard working family member. One person should just get up, go to work every day and give all their money to family who sits around smoking butts and watching Maury.
      I think they tried that in the old USSR, it didn’t work out well as I recall.

  9. a nony mouse says:

    as long as the worst thing she ever did to him was name him tracy, he should help his mom out. what’s $25K to him? hell, what’s half a mil to him. Set her up and ignore her if he can’t find it in himself to mend fences.

  10. Tapioca says:

    It’s your mother – give her the $25k for the mortgage. If she spends it on crack, give her another $25k for the mortgage.

    Brothers & sisters & grandparents are on a case-by-case basis, but this woman gave you LIFE!!

    Plus he needs some good PR after “I would stab my son if he were gay”-gate.

  11. fabgrrl says:

    The fact that the sister complained to the media makes this story fishy. There must be more to it. Whenever someone airs their family’s dirty laundry in public, I am immediately suspicious of their motivations.

  12. Photo JoJo says:

    We don’t know what his relationship is with his mom. Mine was a horribly abusive b**ch and I wouldn’t bail her out of anything.

    • Samigirl says:

      Exactly. Someone above put it as “the woman who gave you life.” I wouldn’t spit on the woman who birthed me if she were on fire. Abusive, manipulative, and finally she abandoned me. It’s sad (ya know, in theory-good for me) that people who aren’t blood related to me have been better to me than those that are. With the exception of my half brother, none of my blood relatives are worth a minute of my time or a dime of any money I have. Even if it meant losing their home.

  13. Sakyiwaa says:

    wow! this is a tough one. where i come from rich relatives help poorer ones a lot. of course, it makes some of them lackadaisical and it annoys the rich folk to be so taken advantage of but really…

    what else can he do? what would be the humane thing to do? it’s his money and she’s his mother…

    there’s has got to be a backstory to this….

  14. Lisa says:

    This is sad…I know of SO MANY families who have lost homes over a relatively small amount of money…instead of family members banding together to help each other out…even when they could…

  15. Lori says:

    I’ve always felt that he is a bad guy, you can see in his eyes.

    • spinner says:

      Yeah…this is the same guy who dumped his girlfriend after she gave him one of her kidneys. What a guy!!

  16. Adrien says:

    Yes, he should. It’s his mom, not some distant relative. Unless his mom did a Dorothy Sandusky on him when he was small, then fine ignore her. Like I said in the Beiber post, what if they die and you didn’t do something about it even if its just a check away. Lots of rich people, not just celebs, would rather give to strangers or charities than help their own families in dire need of financial help (say a medical emergency). They are afraid that the relative they helped might become dependent on them in time of crisis.

  17. lucy2 says:

    On the surface it seems like a small amount for him, and it’s his mother. But I too imagine there’s a lot more to the story, and we just don’t know the relationship, if he’s given them money in the past, etc.
    If she really is hard up to make the next payment, take the $2000, it’s better than nothing and buys some time. I think there’s more to it.

  18. Girl says:

    You just never know with families. While I’d tend to think that TM is a real asshole (his persona kind of comes off that way as would anyone who’d agree to host a show like Scare Tactics), we don’t really know enough. Personally, my mother and I have been estranged for a few years. If this were us, I’m not sure what I’d do. Even if I did help and we remained estranged, shed probably find herself in a similar situation soon. The issue for some people isn’t the lack of money but having horrible spending habits. Not to say that is the case with everyone going through foreclosure now but I know it’s the case in my family. Bailing my mother out today would just be kicking the can down the road for another “crisis”.

  19. Noi says:

    for all we know his mother could know nothing of her daughter doing it happens no matter the age when you trust someone

  20. JustaGirl says:

    $25k to someone who is worth $18M is like $20 to me. He should help his mom out. I don’t know the back story behind them, but if I were in that situation, I’d pay the mortgage off directly to the company. If they don’t have a good relationship, I wouldn’t expect to do anything else (money wise) for her.

  21. Blue says:

    Well I can see why she wouldn’t take $2K. She only owes 25K, she’s about to lose her car and have her utilities cut off, $2000 wouldn’t do a damn thing for her. She’s 61, with diabetes, what is the likelihood she can get another job to get back on her feet. I have a hit and miss relationship with my mom but I would definitely help her out if I had that money. I don’t think them going to the press is going to help, but they’re probably pissed off.

  22. jacquie109 says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but if I was worth that much money I would be taking care of my family. I’d buy each of my family members a home and a vehicle (not that it would be extravagent but it would be decent) and then they wouldn’t have to worry about things like that. I wouldn’t be giving them a weekly allowence but making sure they have a good start is just good sense, especially if you have more money than you could ever need.

  23. LittleFATMe says:

    I’ve always said that if I won some huge multi million dollar prize I would go about claiming it anonymously and then hand out chunks of it the same way, also pretending to have received a mystery gift to explain my purchases. I would do that for two reasons. My parents and others I would want to help would not take my money even if I had millions. The other reason is that the people who would happily take my money would keep expecting more…

  24. Jayna says:

    I have a feeling his family has sold him out to rags at times for money. BUT no matter the estrangement, it’s only 25,000. She is his mother (not a younger, lazy, living-off-you sibling), and she gave birth to him and it’s a drop in the bucket for him. He should pay it off for her just as the right thing to do.

  25. Sunlily says:

    I agree with some of the above posters in that there is more to the story than the sister and mother are letting on. It may be $25,000 now, but who’s to say that it wasn’t $50,000 the last time or $10,000 the time before that. Maybe they stopped the payments on purpose because they thought they could get him to foot the bill and it backfired on them.

  26. Tazina says:

    He could help her out without actually having any contact with her. That way he would still be estranged from her if that’s what he wants but ease his conscience, of course assuming that he has one which appears to be doubtful.

    If she was abusive or neglectful to him as a child, then all bets are off. He owes her nothing.

  27. Turd Fergussen says:

    Makes me mad. Goddammit, take care of your own. The fact that Tobey Maguire would rather his grandfather be taken care of by taxpayers than ante up and give him $50K a year is greedy, irresponsible and stingy.

  28. bagladey says:

    That’s bad. Most families have issues and fall-outs. Even if he doesn’t speak to his mother he should have written the $25,000.00 cheque, AND he should at least be paying her paltry utilities bills. How can someone be sitting on 18 million dollars and not pay to keep a small roof over their diabetic mother’s head? And the woman worked all her life.

  29. aenflex says:

    What shite! Fuck that. My mother was in no way gonna win mom of the year, and the rest of my family pretty much are obscure to me at best. I don’t care, if one of them were in financial trouble and I was rich like these fools, I would help them. No matter what. The riches are a blessing and should be shared. But we all knew TM is a total douchebag anyway.

  30. OXA says:

    If his mother is on social security or some other govt benefits, she would lose them if he gives her cash. If he “loans” her the money to pay off her mortgage then she gets to keep her benefits like medicare, which a diabetic really really needs.
    An assistant offering to cut her a check would for a few grande would not help her.

    • Jessica says:

      He could write the check to the mortgage company and it would be considered a gift or not considered at all. Either way, that would not affect her benefits. As long as he pays her bills directly to the company, it’s not income for her.

  31. Pizzazz says:

    The woman must be evil. And if Morgan’s an asshole it’s probably because of her. Most people with decent moms and dads would do anything to help them. So clearly, she was a bad mother. Just because he made something of himself doesn’t make it okay that she likely treated him badly. His sister sounds like a major asshole, too.

    I get so sick of all you people who think that just because you’re related to somebody you should look the other way or constantly forgive their bad behavior. People get rid of toxic friends. Why should you have to put up with toxic family members just because they are ‘family’? You get a free pass for hurting your kid because you are a parent? Does that sound fair? So his mother gave birth to him. So what? Doesn’t give her the right to badmouth him or automatic forgiveness for poor parenting skills that likely continue to impact him today.

    • aenflex says:

      Well, without that toxic mother, his ass wouldn’t exist. And speaking of that toxic mother, ever hear of forgiveness? Of looking at life through the perspective of others? Perhpaps toxic mom was raised even worse than she raised her own kids. And what’s 50K to him? Hmmm? More money to spend on ensuring his kids dont turn gay, and/or purchasing enough munitions to kill them if they do? Puh-lease. Greed kills.

    • anon33 says:

      ITA with Pizazz. Again, no one knows the backstory.

      For example, my aunt. Had my cousin, abandoned her, came back, had two sons who were official crackbabies, abandoned them again to go be a whore and do drugs, came back, was good for awhile, abandoned the kids again when my cousin was 13, more whoring, more drugging, never came back from that.

      My grandmother raised all three of my cousins, paid for my aunts rehab countless times, loaned her money for bills that she ended up spending on crack-I mean, this didn’t happen once. This happened multiple times, and continues on to this day, with my poor grandparents now being in their 80s and my cousin now having a child of her own, and every so often my asshole of an aunt comes back into everyones lives demanding money and “help”, then disappears again. And has never been thankful once, in fact, every time she comes back she rails against my (again in their 80s) grandparents and screams how much they ruined her life.

      This woman is 55 years old and has been doing this shit for 30 years, she’s never nice or kind or thankful, she takes the money and disappears and sometimes even steals stuff from my grandparents or cousin’s houses.

      I don’t believe “but no matter what she is a blood relative” is a reasonable defense when people have situations similar to this.
      ETA: also, just bc Tracy Morgan is allegedly an asshole on set doesn’t mean that his mother was not (again, possibly) a bitch/abusive/whatever.

  32. mln76 says:

    I happen to see both sides of this. There are people who you could give all the money in the world to and they will spend all that money and ask for more.
    Still no one should ever leave their mother destitute. I say pay medical bills and do your best to make sure she has a place to live but if and when she is able she should be taking care of herself from her own resources.

  33. kay says:

    I am estranged from both my father and sister, for similar reasons.

    However, if I was worth 18 million, I would most certainly pass them the money. I don’t have to like them, talk to them, or let them back into my life to give them money.

    It’s money, not love. The 2 are not equal, nor are they interchangeable.

  34. skipper says:

    So far as I know, Tracy is a major d-bag so I’m inclined to believe that is what he’s doing in this case. However, there are some really crappy parents out there – just watch the show intervention. I’m inclined to believe that any woman who would bad mouth her son to the press is in that category.

  35. Rachface says:

    There has to be more to this story. There are some truly monsterous mothers out there, the ballooning foster care system can attest to that. My own grandmother is a prime example. My father and the rest of us had to actually take a restraining order out on her. Just because you give birth to someone, it doesn’t make you a true parent and entitle you to a lifetime pay day.

  36. jane16 says:

    Oh Please. Everyone knows that Tracy Morgan is a major dirtbag on the set to everyone there. Tina Fey rarely speaks to him. She can’t stand him. So what, everyone around this tool is evil, and poor little Tracy is just an unlucky victim of circumstance to always be surrounded by mean people, including his own mama? FCS.

  37. Shy says:

    I can’t take sides on this story because we don’t know all facts. It’s only their version. Where they (as always) are good people vs. evil celebrity. I want to hear it from other side too. I would also like to SEE video of sister and mom and hear them speak. We don’t know those people and we don’t know what kind of relationships they have with celebrity.

    If he behaves like this to his mother then I guess there is a reason.

  38. samira677 says:

    It’s really easy to call Tracy a jerk but nobody knows anything about the situation. For all we know he have her thousands over the years.

  39. crtb says:

    If I won the lottery tomorrow I would change my phone number. I wouldn’t give my brother and siter a penny. However, I have loads of friends that I would share my money with. We get to pick our friend, we can’t pick our family. Just because they are family, we are not obligated to help or save them.

  40. skuddles says:

    Hmmm, if this is true then I really don’t like Tracy Morgan anymore. I realize there is the distinct possibility the family is just trying to sponge off his fortune… but still – your Mom? And you offer her $2 k to piss off forever? Damn that’s cold.

  41. Richard says:

    Well we don’t know the entire story. Anyone that is the only “successful” person in there is constantly asked by their family members for money and once you start they just keep asking so at some point you say that’s it because if you don’t, you will be giving them money for the rest of your life. Eventually if you keep giving people money then you will end up in financial trouble and everyone that you have helped out will be nowhere to be found. Why don’t she just sell the house, take the cash from the sell and buy a smaller house.

  42. Mayday says:

    No one knows their family history. I know I have a few family members that no matter how hard up they were for money, if I had my own personal stash of cash, I wouldn’t give them a dime!

  43. Zvonk says:

    I helped my parents out for six months whilst they were going through some financial problems. Was happy to do so, and would it again, as they are the best parents I could have ever hoped for. My uncle however (dad’s youngest brother) has always been the biggest arse, and even if I were lucky enough to have 100 million in the bank, I wouldn’t give the guy a penny. In my opinion, being a blood relative doesn’t automatically entitle you to help, being a decent person does.

  44. Marianne says:

    If I had that kind of money, I would help out my parents but then again I have a good relationship with them.

    I can’t believe I’m defending Tracy, but we don’t know the whole story. Maybe his mom was abusive. Maybe she’s in debt in the first place, because she has a gambling problem, or a shopping addiction, and he doesn’t want to enable her by bailing her out of every problem. Maybe she needs to hit rock bottom before she realizes she has a problem.

    And if somebody else offered me money, even if it was a small fraction of my debt, I would say THANK YOU!