Louis C.K. and Judd Apatow make their living in comedy, but both are deadly serious about getting TMZ to remove a graphic video of the accident that almost killed Tracy Morgan, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
On Wednesday night, C.K. and Apatow went on Twitter to request that the celebrity gossip website remove an amateur video showing the aftermath of last weekend’s horrific car accident in New Jersey that claimed the life of veteran comedian James McNair and very nearly took the life of Morgan, who remains hospitalized in critical condition.
C.K. (@louisck) went first with his blunt tweet: “Take it down TMZ. Now. Please.”
A few hours later, Apatow (@JuddApatow) tweeted, “@HarveyLevinTMZ please take down the accident video.”
Harvey Levin is the founder of the TMZ website and appears frequently on the syndicated TV series TMZ Live.
The disturbing video footage on TMZ was apparently filmed by a driver shortly after the accident occurred. The clip shows comedian Ardie Fuqua, who was also in the limo that was allegedly rear-ended by a tractor-trailer tuck, being pulled from the wreckage unconscious.
Fuqua, who was the opening act for Morgan’s act in Delaware the same evening as the accident, has previously appeared on C.K.’s FX sitcom Louie.
Also on Wednesday, Fuqua’s daughter, Krizye Fuqua, used her Instagram account to express her distaste at TMZ posting the accident footage.
In her words: “They don’t understand how hurtful it is to see my father dragged out of the wreckage…No one should see my father this way.”
And C.K. underscored her efforts with his own followup tweet: “Arte’s brave daughter asked them to take it down. They won’t.”
As of Thursday morning, Levin, who personally oversees all content on TMZ, had not responded to the requests on either the website or his Twitter account (@HarveyLevinTMZ).
In other developments, Kevin Roper, the driver of the truck that was involved in the accident, pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and assault by automobile during his arraignment in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on Wednesday, reports People.
Currently free on $50,000 (U.S.) bail, Roper faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges.