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Tracy Morgan to host 'Saturday Night Live' in October, NBC announces

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Tracy Morgan attends "The Darker Side of Green" debate at The Bowery Hotel in Manhattan on July 27, 2010. Photo Credit: Getty Images

"Saturday Night Live" alumnus Tracy Morgan, who survived a horrific crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last year that left him severely injured and requiring rehabilitative therapy, will be one of the first "SNL" hosts when the sketch-comedy series begins its 41st season in October.

In a short tweet, Morgan, an "SNL" cast member from 1996-2003, wrote, "Stoked to be going home."

NBC said Monday that the comedian would return to Rockefeller Center's Studio 8H to host on Oct. 17, his second stint doing so. Singer Miley Cyrus helms the Oct. 3 season premiere, her third time headlining, and Rockville Centre-raised comedian Amy Schumer, of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer" and the summer movie hit "Trainwreck," hosts on Oct. 10.

Musical guests will be announced at a later date, the network said.

Morgan, 46, and others were injured and comic James McNair was killed in the early morning of June 7, 2014, when a Walmart tractor trailer slammed into the vehicle in which they were riding while returning from a show in Dover, Delaware. Truck driver Kevin Roper pleaded not guilty to several criminal charges in state court, including death by auto, with federal investigators saying Roper was driving 65 mph in the minute before the accident, on a stretch of road with a 55 mph speed limit lowered to 45 mph that night because of construction. He had been awake more than 28 hours.

Morgan suffered several broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken femur and some brain injuries, and underwent weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation.

On May 27, Morgan and Walmart Stores Inc. announced they had reached a settlement in his lawsuit, with the comedian's attorney saying in a statement, "Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate."

Morgan said of the confidential settlement that the retail giant "did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably."

After his stint as a cast member on "SNL," Morgan starred alongside Tina Fey and others on the acclaimed 2006-13 NBC sitcom "30 Rock."


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