Los Angeles, California – December 6, 2023
In a poignant and unexpected turn of events, Jamie Foxx made his first public appearance since his hospitalization earlier this year, captivating the audience at “The Critics Choice Association’s Celebration Of Cinema & Television” on Monday night. The glamorous gathering unfolded at the “Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles,” signifying Foxx’s return to public attention following an unspecified “medical complication” he encountered in April.
The Oscar-winning actor, renowned for his roles in films like “Ray,” was honored with the Vanguard Award for his outstanding performance in Prime Video’s legal drama, “The Burial.” This appearance comes after weeks of global concern and speculation surrounding Foxx’s health, which led to an extended hospitalization and several months of recovery.
During his acceptance speech, Foxx visibly moved and expressed gratitude for the ability to walk onstage unaided. “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 humorously remarked.
Reflecting on the challenging period, Foxx shared, “So 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, ’cause it’s tough, when you almost — when it’s almost over. When you see the tunnel. I saw the tunnel, I didn’t see no light. It was hot in that tunnel.”
While the 55-year-old actor and comedian did not delve into the specifics of his health ordeal, his daughter, Corinne Foxx, previously mentioned that he was rushed to the hospital during the filming of “Back in Action” in Atlanta.
Foxx emphasized that the experience has given him a newfound appreciation for life and art, encouraging the audience not to “give up on your art and don’t let them take the art from you, either.”
As the details surrounding Foxx’s health remain private, his return to the public eye serves as a testament to his resilience and determination. The heartfelt reception at the Critics’ Choice event highlighted the industry’s support for the beloved actor as he moves forward on his path to recovery.