June 10, 2014 at 1:00 am

Grapevine: Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash was sleep deprived

Tracy Morgan (Bill McCay / Getty Images for Mount Airy Casi)

Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash was sleep deprived

The Georgia trucker who was involved in the car accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his writing partner, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, is being accused of having not slept for 24 hours before the crash. Kevin Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck when he allegedly caused a six-vehicle accident early Saturday on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan, whose limo was part of the wreck, is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks, ABC News reported. The “Saturday Night Live” actor suffered several broken bones in the crash. Roper, free on a $50,000 bond, is set to appear in court Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide. According to the ABC News report, Wal-Mart put Roper on administrative leave and promised to take full responsibility if the accident is their driver’s fault.

British actor Rik Mayall dies

Goofy and witty actor Rik Mayall, 56, died suddenly at his home in London Monday. The comedic actor was best known for his role on the BBC2 sitcom “The Young Ones,” which aired in the 1980s. He also starred with Phoebe Cates in the 1992 film “Drop Dead Fred.”

Intruder arrested at Sandra Bullock's home

After returning home from the Spike TV Guys’ Choice Awards, Sandra Bullock encountered an intruder at her Los Angeles home. People magazine says the actress’ rep confirmed the story and said Bullock is “unharmed and is fine.” An L.A. police spokeswoman told People that Joshua Corbett, 39, was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary. The “Gravity” star was presented with the “Decade of Hotness” award at the Guys’ Choice Awards. Her acceptance speech was full of jokes. “I feel like I’m at my funeral. Decade of Hotness ... my question was what decade? I have several under my belt. It should really be Decade of Hot Mess.”

Nasim Pedrad may not return to 'SNL'

It’s unlikely that Nasim Pedrad will return to “Saturday Night Live” in the fall. Known for playing Kim Kardashian and Arianna Huffington on the sketch show, Pedrad has one of the lead roles in the upcoming Fox show “Mulaney,” starring comedian and writer John Mulaney. “I haven’t heard any official word so far, but I love (“Mulaney”) so much,” Buzzfeed quoted her as saying at the ATX Festival over the weekend. “I have an apartment in L.A. and, as far as I know, I’m in L.A. now.”


Kevin Roper (Uncredited / AP)
Rik Mayall as 'Rick' in The Young Ones a British sitcom, broadcast in ... (BBC)
Nasim Pedrad (Ben Gabbe / Getty Images)