Tracy Morgan is officially back and open for funny business. The comedian, who has been sidelined for the past year-and-a-half following a fatal car accident which nearly claimed his life, returned to the stage Sunday night at the Emmy Awards.
The actor, who presented the night's final award for Outstanding Drama Series, was greeted with a standing ovation from the audience of his friends and colleagues. From the moment he stepped on stage, it was clear that the Tracy we knew and loved is back. "I feel like myself again, which means a whole lot of women gonna get pregnant at the after-party," he joked.
But his tone soon shifted to serious and emotional. "I miss you guys so much," he told the crowd. "Thanks to my amazing doctors, the support of my family, my beautiful new wife, I'm here. Standing on my own two feet. God bless all of you for your love, prayers and positive thoughts over the past 15 months."
Before long, though, Tracy was back to being Tracy. "I suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days," he began somberly. "When I finally regained consciousness, I was ecstatic to learn that I wasn't the one who messed up."
After the ceremony, Morgan spoke to reporters about what the night meant to him. “I wanted to walk my wife down the aisle with no cane. I said, ‘I want to go back,’ and my publicist Lewis Kay said, ‘Why don’t you let Hollywood welcome you back home?’ and that’s what happened,” he said, adding that standing in front of his peers again was surprisingly overwhelming. “I had to not be so emotional in the moment. I wanted to let them know that I missed them very much.”
Hopefully this is the start of a full-blown comeback for the actor and comedian, who was forced to ditch a number of projects after his accident to focus on the fight for his health.
Watch Tracy's emotional — and humorous — speech below:
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