Tracy Morgan Clarifies Comment About Gaining 40 Lbs. on Ozempic: 'That Was Just a Joke'

"Ozempic did great by me and I was glad to use it," the actor and comedian said

<p>Mike Coppola/Getty</p> Tracy Morgan

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Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan is setting the record straight on his experience using Ozempic.

On Wednesday, the comedian and actor, 55, spoke to E! News and clarified that he was actually joking when he previously said he gained weight while taking Ozempic, an FDA-approved prescription medication for people with type 2 diabetes.

It's one of the brand names for semaglutide — also known as Wegovy — which works in the brain to impact satiety, and is the latest Hollywood weight loss trend.

"That was just a joke," Morgan told the outlet. "Ozempic did great by me and I was glad to use it."

"I take Ozempic every Thursday," he added. "It cuts my appetite in half.”

Last week, the Primetime Emmy nominee stopped by The Tonight Show and told  Jimmy Fallon about his experience taking the drug, joking, “I’ve learned to out-eat Ozempic. I out-ate Ozempic. I’ve gained 40 lbs.”

“I’ve never heard of anyone gaining 40," Fallon replied. The 30 Rock alum then quipped, “I’m like Magic Johnson. I gained 40 pounds.”

Related: Ozempic FAQ: All About the Drug Being Used for Weight Loss — Yes, You Will Likely Gain Weight When You Stop Taking It

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Tracy Morgan on The Tonight Show

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Morgan first first revealed he was using Ozempic during an August 2023 episode of Today with Hoda & Jenna.

When Kotb, 59, told The Last O.G. talent that he seemed to have been working on his body and his health, Morgan explained how he’d really been maintaining his physique.

“No, that’s Ozempic," he said at the time. “That’s how this weight got lost... I went and got a prescription and I got Ozempic."

It cuts my appetite in half. Now I only eat half a bag of Doritos,” he teased.

Morgan is one of the many stars who have spoken publicly about taking Ozempic for weight loss, including  Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi, Terry Dubrow, Patti Stanger, Emily Simpson, Sharon Osbourne, Charles Barkley, and more.

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