Tracy Morgan is set to make an emotional comeback to “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 17. He was just announced as the host of the third episode of this late night staple’s 41st season. This will be his first appearance since nearly losing his life in a six-vehicle highway crash in June, 2014.
Morgan was part of the cast for seven years, beginning in 1996. While his own self-titled show lasted for less than a season on NBC in 2004, he had huge success as part of Tina Fey‘s “30 Rock.” That sly satire on the making of a TV variety show starring Morgan’s character won three consecutive Emmys for Best Comedy Series (2007 – 2009).
Morgan lost his only Emmy bid — Best Comedy Supporting Actor — to Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”) in 2009. Earlier that year, he had returned to “SNL” to host the show and reprise some of his most famous characters. Expect more of the same this fall.
Hosting “SNL” has proven a way to win an Emmy. Both Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon have won Best Comedy Guest Actor twice for presiding over the merriment. Timberlake, who won in 2009 and 2011 also contended in 2013. Fallon picked up his prizes in 2012 and 2014.
Louis C.K. is currently in contention in this category for the third year running. Also nominated for hosting “SNL” is Bill Hader. Like Morgan, he is an ex-castmate who returned to 30 Rock to emcee the show.
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Photo: “Saturday Night Live” poster. Credit: NBC/Everett/REX