Tracy Morgan to Host 'Saturday Night Live' in October

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By Daniel Arkin

Tracy Morgan is going back to his roots.

The comedian and "30 Rock" star has been tapped to host "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 17, NBC announced. The former "SNL" cast member has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury after a June 2014 car wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike. He returned to television this year in an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer.

Morgan will follow singer Miley Cyrus (Oct. 3, hosting for the third time) and "Trainwreck" star Amy Schumer (Oct. 10, making her "SNL" debut) as the iconic sketch series kicks off its 41st season, NBC announced.

In his June interview with Lauer, a tearful Morgan opened up about his hopes — and fears — for the future.

"I wonder how I'm gonna be funny again," Morgan said. "Remembering my identity — what do I do?"

Holding onto a cane, Morgan was overcome by emotion when talking about his fans, who he said have encouraged him to "come back."

"I can't wait to make them laugh again," he said.