On Monday, NBC announced that beloved comedian Tracy Morgan will host an episode of Saturday Night Live this fall after abstaining from performing for over a year due to injuries. The SNL veteran, 46, hasn’t been on stage or behind a camera since June of 2014 when he was involved in a crash on the New Jersey highway, giving him serious injuries to his leg, ribs, nose and brain, and killing his long time friend and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.
Nine other people were injured in the incident, including the speeding Wal-Mart truck driver who caused the crash after being awake for 28 hours. Morgan himself initially went into a coma, and has since been busy getting back on his feet (both figuratively and literately) over the past year. The last time we heard from Morgan, he had settled his lawsuit with Wal-Mart and appeared live on NBC’s Today to talk about his recovery, saying that he still needed more time to heal.
Now it seems as though he has bounced back, at least enough to host a live show. Morgan is set to host the show on Oct. 17, as the sketch-comedy franchise returns for its 41st season. Also said to be featured during the beginning of the season is Miley Cyrus, appearing for the third time as host, as well as Amy Schumer, who will be hosting SNL for her very first time Oct. 10.