Tracy Morgan Returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’, Will Host SNL in October

Saturday Night Live has officially confirmed the return of one of its most beloved stars.

Tracy Morgan will host SNL on October 17. This will mark Tracy’s second time hosting, although he was a cast member from 1996 to 2003. However, more poignantly, this will be Tracy’s return to live comedy following the tragic car accident in June 2014 that took the life of friend and colleague James McNair, while leaving Tracy himself hospitalized.

Back in June, Tracy appeared on Today to speak candidly with Matt Lauer about his possible return to comedy. Although he worried about how he would ever “be funny again”, Tracy ultimately confessed that he could never truly be through with comedy.

Tracy Morgan Returning to 'Saturday Night Live', Will Host SNL in October

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“I love comedy. I’ll never stop loving her. I love comedy and I can’t wait to get back to her, but right now my goal is just to heal and get better because I’m not 100 percent yet, I’m not,” he said. “And when I’m there, you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh. I promise you.”

With this announcement, it’s looking like he plans on fulfilling that promise. Personally, I couldn’t be happier, as Tracy Morgan has always been one of my favorite SNL cast members ever. The possibility of seeing Brian Fellow on TV again basically seals it for me. No way I’m missing this.

But Tracy isn’t alone in the hosting lineup. The first three hosts for Season 41 have been announced, and preceding Tracy’s gig as host on October 17 will be Miley Cyrus on October 3, and Amy Schumer on October 10. In short, this is already shaping up to be a solid season. While the loss of his good friend will never go away, here’s hoping Tracy has found a way to get in touch with his comedic side again.

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