It’s been a long road back to health for Tracy Morgan since the 2014 automobile accident that almost cost him his life. This October, he’ll complete another important step in his recovery: hosting Saturday Night Live. The late night institution revealed via Twitter today that Morgan will be hosting the Oct. 17 episode of the show’s 41st season.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl)August 17, 2015
It’s only the second time that Morgan has emceed SNL since his eight-season tenure from 1996 to 2003, when he created such memorable characters as unlicensed “animal expert” Brian Fellows and Uncle Jemima.
This also represents his most high-profile TV appearance since he went on the Today show in June and broke down while discussing the aftermath of the accident, when a Walmart truck struck a car carrying Morgan and several other comics. (James McNair died in the crash; Morgan and Walmart have since reached a settlement.)
While Morgan’s return to Studio 8H is the biggest news contained in that tweet, it’s also heartening to see that SNL is kicking off Season 41 with plenty of star power. Miley Cyrus is set to host the Oct. 3 season premiere, and box office superstar Amy Schumer will be front and center for the Oct. 10 episode. You can bet that Morgan will be on his game knowing that he’s following that sister act.
Saturday Night Live premieres Oct. 3 at 11:35 p.m. on NBC.