Tracy Morgan Says He Gained 40 Lbs. on Ozempic After Learning to ‘Out-Eat’ the Weight Loss Drug

Lifestyle Health Tracy Morgan Says He Gained 40 Lbs. on Ozempic After Learning to ‘Out-Eat’ the Weight Loss Drug The ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum initially said in August 2023 that the prescription medication was helping him lose weight By Angel Saunders Angel Saunders Angel Saunders has been a writer at PEOPLE since 2023. She’s previously worked at iHeartMedia, IndieWire, and REVOLT. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on March 21, 2024 02:38PM EDT Tracy Morgan says he has gained 40 lbs. on Ozempic. On Tuesday, the Primetime Emmy nominee, 55, stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where the two discussed his dating life, the New York Knicks and his relation to Nas. As soon as Morgan sat down on stage, he received a compliment from the late-night talk show host, 49. “You look good, bud,” Fallon told his guest. “You look great. How you staying in shape these days?” “Well, that’s Ozempic,” Morgan said, referring to the type 2 diabetes drug, which has skyrocketed in popularity for weight loss, especially among celebrities. After a brief reaction from Fallon, the Saturday Night Live alum shared his recent experience with the medication. “I’ve learned to out-eat Ozempic. I out-ate Ozempic. I’ve gained 40 pounds,” Morgan said jokingly during the interview. Tracy Morgan, March 2024. Todd Owyoung/NBC via Getty Ozempic FAQ: All About the Drug Being Used for Weight Loss — Yes, You Will Likely Gain Weight When You Stop Taking It “I’ve never heard of anyone gaining 40,” Fallon replied. Before moving to the next topic, the 30 Rock alum quipped, “I’m like Magic Johnson. I gained 40 pounds.” While Morgan did not specify whether he is still taking the medication, some people do gain weight after stopping the drug. Tracy Morgan, November 2023. Mike Coppola/Getty A study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in April 2022 found that a majority of people who take semaglutide gain most of the weight back within a year of stopping the medication. The actor and comedian 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. Tracy Morgan. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic “No, that’s Ozempic,” he said, adding, “That’s how this weight got lost… I went and got a prescription and I got Ozempic.” He was also happy to share just how often he incorporated the FDA-approved prescription medication into his lifestyle for optimal results. “I take Ozempic every Thursday,” Morgan shared with the daytime talk show hosts as he showed the ladies how he injects himself in the stomach. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. “It cuts my appetite in half. Now I only eat half a bag of Doritos,” he jokingly added. Morgan isn’t the only entertainer to speak publicly about Ozempic, as dozens have also shared their experiences. “The people who hate on it the most are the people who are secretly doing it or pissed off that they can’t afford it,” Kelly Osbourne told E! Online in February.

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