What a moment. One year after surviving a deadly car crash, Tracy Morgan made a surprise appearance at the 2015 Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 20. The comedian walked out on stage without the use of a cane, and received a standing ovation from the star-studded crowd at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater.
Morgan, 46, was on hand to announced the Best Drama category. “Thank you so much. I miss you guys so much,” he tearfully said. “Last year Jimmy Kimmel said on this stage, ‘We’ll see you back on this stage next year, Tracy Morgan.’ Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, and the support of my family and beautiful wife, I’m here. Standing on my own two feet.”
The comedian received a round of applause, with longtime friends such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jane Krakowski getting emotional in their seats.
“God bless all of you for your love, prayers, and thoughts for the past 15 months. I’m honored to be at the Emmys. It’s been a long road back,” Morgan continued. “I suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days and I finally regained conscious. I was ecstatic to learn that I wasn’t the one that messed up!”
He joked: “Only recently I’ve felt like myself again, which means a whole lot of women are gonna get pregnant at the afterparty!
As previously reported, the 30 Rock actor was involved in a serious car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike back in June 2014. His friend James McNair was killed after their limo was hit by a Walmart tractor-trailer. Morgan settled a lawsuit with the company in May.
Morgan has seen better days since the tragedy. He wed his fiancee, Megan Wollover, in Cresskill, N.J., on Aug. 23. He’s also set to host Saturday Night Live on Oct. 17.
Watch the emotional video above.