When Saturday Night Live on Monday announced the hosts for the first three episodes of its 41st season, there was one surprising name: Tracy Morgan, who will host the October 17 episode. The actor and comedian was involved in a horrific traffic collision on June 17, 2014, that put him in a coma for two weeks.
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“I love comedy. I’ll never stop loving her,” Morgan said in an interview with Matt Lauer this summer on the Today show. “I’m not 100 percent yet, and when I’m there, you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh, I promise you.”
The full video is below:
Morgan’s friend and fellow comic James McNair died from injuries sustained in the six-vehicle crash in New Jersey. Morgan was a passenger in a Mercedes bus around 1 a.m. that night. The bus was traveling north on the New Jersey Turnpike when a Walmart tractor-trailer rear-ended it, causing a chain-reaction crash.
One of our favorite Tracy Morgan things (besides the Tracy Jordan bobblehead) isn’t his comedy, exactly, but this moving, surprising interview he did with Terry Gross in 2009: