It's been over a year since the tragic car accident that left Tracy Morgan in critical condition and claimed the life of his friend and fellow comedian, James McNair, and we've barely gotten a glimpse of Morgan since. He was able to get a few sentences out in his first appearance after the devastating tragedy, thanking his fans for standing by him, but, for the most part, it's been radio silence as he struggles toward recovery. But we're getting word that his comeback is officially on the calendar, as Tracy Morgan will be hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live on Oct. 17, 2015.
This is obviously amazing news, and at just the right time. I don't think I'm alone in saying that we were all starting to get nervous that he might never perform again. Of course, his health and wellness are the priority, and I know I speak for everyone again when I say that none of us wanted Morgan to come back before he was ready. However, the idea that he never would be was almost too much to bear. I can't even tell you how much it hurt my heart when Morgan didn't make an appearance at the SNL40 episode or party, and that was months ago.
Which is why it's such a relief to hear that Morgan will be making his return to comedy in just a few short months, in a trifecta of newly-announced Season 41 hosts rounded out by Miley Cyrus (Oct. 3) and Amy Schumer (Oct. 10).
I'm trying to stay calm and realistic, because there's still a chance that Morgan might not feel ready to return as the deadline gets closer, or that his doctors could decide it's not a good idea for his rehabilitation. But, for now, all I'm feeling is a rush of joy and relief that our guy is one step closer to getting his life back.