Comedian Tracy Morgan has addressed reports he has turned his back on his ailing mom as she battles to keep her home after falling on hard times, insisting he prefers to keep family matters out of the media.
The 30 Rock star's mother, Alicia Warden, lost her job in Ohio last year and now bank bosses are attempting to reclaim her house due to failed mortgage payments.
Morgan's sister, Asia, went public with her mom's financial struggles last week, telling the New York Daily News that her famous brother was refusing to help.
She said, "This would be a drop in the bucket for Tracy."
Asia Morgan confessed the funnyman offered to give Warden a one-time payment of $2,000 earlier this month but she turned down the meagre sum out of embarrassment.
Now the star is speaking out about the drama, claiming his sister and mother should not be talking to the press about the squabble.
In a statement he says, "I am saddened that these untrue stories about me have people questioning my commitment to my family. For reasons that are between us, I have not seen my mother in 11 years and, outside of a random call here and there, have had little to no contact with my sister.
"We all have personal family issues that we have to deal with in life, but I choose to deal with mine in private and not through the media."