It’s been over a year since a car accident left Tracy Morgan fighting for his life, but after eight days in a coma and many, many months of recovery, the comedian surprised everyone when he showed up at the Emmy Awards to present the last category of the night.
Funnily enough, the comedian presented Outstanding Drama Series, not Comedy, which went to (spoiler alert!) Game of Thrones. But it was his speech that had us in tears—at both his gratefulness at being back and his jokes. Yep, dude’s still got it.
“Last year, Jimmy Kimmel sat on this stage and said, ‘We’ll see you back here next year, Tracy Morgan,'” he recalled after receiving thunderous applause from the audience. “Thanks to my amazing doctors and the support of my family and my beautiful, new wife, I’m here. Standing on my own two feet. And God bless all of you for your love, your prayers, your positive thoughts for the past 15 months… I’m honoured to at the Emmys.”
Morgan went on: “It’s been a long road back. I suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days.” And then he took a turn.
“When I finally regained consciousness, I was just ecstatic to learn that I wasn’t the one who messed up,” he joked. “Only recently I’ve started to feel like myself again. Which means, a whole lot of y’all women gonna get pregnant at the after party.”
Looking good, Tracy. You’ve been sorely missed.