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Tracy Morgan's comeback kicks off at Rockefeller Center

More than a year after being seriously injured in a fatal car accident, comedian Tracy Morgan is set to make his triumphant comeback.

The Saturday Night Live alum will return to Studio 8H on Oct. 17 as one of Season 41's slated hosts. The gig will be the 30 Rock star's second as emcee.

Morgan famously missed the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special due to a traumatic brain injury that left him in critical condition after an overtired Walmart truck driver slammed into the Mercedes limo bus that he and several associates were riding in.

Morgan's close friend, comedian James "Jimmy Mack" ­McNair, was killed in the wreck, and two others were critically injured.

One year after the accident, Morgan was still fighting to recover from a severe brain injury.

"I have my good days and my bad days when I forget things," he told Today's Matt Lauer in June. "There are times when I have the headaches and the nose bleeds."

For a while, Morgan's prognosis looked grim. Four months after the wreck, the actor's lawyer, Benedict Morelli, told the Associated Press, "When you have a traumatic brain injury, it takes a very long time to find out how you're going to do and how much you're going to recover. You just don't know. He's still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he's just not better. We're hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury's out."

The June 2014 accident also left Morgan with a badly broken leg that required surgery as well as a broken nose and broken ribs.

Walmart and the comic agreed on a confidential settlement in May.

"Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably," Morgan said in a statement at the time.

"I can't wait to get back," he later told Lauer. "But right now my goal is just to heal and get better 'cause I'm not 100 percent yet. And when I'm there, you'll know it. I'll get back to making you laugh."

Miley Cyrus has been tapped to kick off the SNL season with her third tour of duty on Oct. 3. Amy Schumer's debut will follow on Week 2. Musical guests have yet to be announced.

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