Tracy Morgan to host Saturday Night Live in return to TV after crash

Tracy Morgan appears on NBC News' Today show in New York in this June 1 handout photo. Morgan, fighting back tearED in his first interview since he was injured in a crash with a Wal-Mart truck that killed his friend a year ago, and vowed to return to
Tracy Morgan appears on NBC News' Today show in New York in this June 1 handout photo. Morgan, fighting back tearED in his first interview since he was injured in a crash with a Wal-Mart truck that killed his friend a year ago, and vowed to return to comedy.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Comedian Tracy Morgan, who has not performed since suffering serious injuries in a car crash last year, will host an episode of sketch show Saturday Night Live this fall, television network NBC said on Monday.

Morgan, 46, a former cast member of Saturday Night Live, has not performed since the June 2014 highway accident that left him in a coma and another passenger dead.

He will host the show on Oct 17, NBC said in a statement.

Morgan, who also starred in comedy series 30 Rock, suffered broken bones and a brain injury in last year's crash. In a television interview two months ago he was seen wiping away tears and holding a black cane, saying he needed more time to heal.

Morgan's friend and comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair was killed and nine other people were injured in the incident along a New Jersey highway. The National Transportation Safety Board last week held a speeding Wal-Mart truck driver who had been awake for 28 hours responsible for the accident.

The NTSB also said that Morgan and other passengers were not wearing seat belts, which exacerbated their injuries.

NBC also announced on Monday that comedian Amy Schumer, star and writer of the summer movie Trainwreck, will host Saturday Night Live for her first time on Oct10.

The comedy franchise will return for its 41st season on Oct 3 with pop star Miley Cyrus making her third appearance as host.