Tracy Morgan will make his TV return on October 17th, hosting an episode of the new season of SNL.The show will mark Morgan’s first performance since a devastating car accident he was involved in last year, which took the life of his friend and fellow comedian, James “Jimmy Mac” McNair. Morgan was seriously injured in the accident and was left in a coma for days. At the time doctors cautioned that he may not be able to perform again.
Morgan talked about the accident in June, on the Today show. He spoke emotionally about Jimmy McNair and said his career was on hold. “I love comedy, and I can’t wait to get back to it, but right now my goal is just to heal and get better.” He spent seven seasons as a SNL cast member and starred 30 Rock, so his return to the actual 30 Rockfeller Plaza as host promises to be a celebratory and emotional occasion.
Last year’s accident was caused by a Walmart truck driver falling asleep at the wheel. It’s reported that the driver was pressured into staying awake for 24 hours by Walmart, and Morgan and others involved in the crash sued the company for negligence. Walmart quickly agreed with the plaintiffs’ attorneys to settle the case out of court, presumably to avoid negative publicity.
Also announced as hosts for the 41st SNL season are Miley Cyrus — emceeing for her third time — and Amy Schumer. The first music acts of the season are expected to be announced in the next few days.