So amazing! Following the accident which nearly cost him his life, Tracy Morgan will host ‘Saturday Night Live’ when the series returns for a new season!
Welcome back to comedy, Tracy Morgan! The 46-year-old will host the third episode of Saturday Night Live‘s 41st season on Oct. 17. It will mark the comedian and former SNL cast member’s first major television gig since the 2014 car accident which he almost did not survive.
Since the accident, which killed Tracy’s longtime friend, James McNair, Tracy has been working hard at his recovery. In June, he appeared on The Today Show to discuss the traumatic incident, which put him in a coma. “I love comedy, I never stopped loving her,” he said. “But my goal right now is to heal.”
In January, the iconic sketch show celebrated its 40th anniversary with a blowout special that included nearly all of the massive stars which the show has created (as well as tons of stars which the show had nothing to do with). Sadly, Tracy was not well enough to attend, and his absence was definitely felt. Tracy’s 30 Rock costars, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin honored their friend the only way they could: with laughs. “If he were here tonight I am sure Tracy would remind us that, more than anything, he would like to get us all pregnant,” Tina said. “See you at the 41st, Tracy. We love you.”
Tracy joined SNL in 1996 and remained a cast member until 2003. Shortly thereafter, he joined Tina on 30 Rock as an alternate version of himself, Tracy Jordan, a performer for an SNL-like sketch show.
Also set for the new season of SNL are Miley Cyrus, who will host the premiere episode on Oct. 3, followed by comedy’s current it-girl, Amy Schumer, who will host the following week on Oct. 10. Musical guests for the episodes have not been announced at this time.
Are you glad to see Tracy getting back to television and, specifically, comedy?
— Casey Mink