Jamie Foxx made a surprise appearance at the Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema and Television: Honoring Black, Latino and AAPI Achievements event on Monday night, marking his first public outing since being hospitalized for a medical complication in April. The star was presented with the Vanguard Award for his performance in The Burial, and during his acceptance speech, he humorously addressed the health challenges he has faced this year.
“I couldn’t do that six months ago, I couldn’t actually walk to [the stage]. And I’m not a clone, I’m not a clone. I know a lot of people saying that I was cloned out there,” he jokingly told the crowd at the Fairmont Plaza Hotel in Century City. “It feels good to be here. I cherish every single minute now, it’s different. I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy because it’s tough when it’s almost over, when you see the tunnel. I saw the tunnel, I didn’t see the light. It was hot in that tunnel too, I don’t know where I was going. ‘Shit, am I going to the right place?’”
The star’s candid remarks shed light on the seriousness of his recent medical issue, and his resilience and humor in the face of adversity were evident as he made his first public appearance since the incident.