Morgan recounts how he got the hosting gig in a new interview with GQ, where he talks about his affection for SNL creator Lorne Michaels and the decision to appear on the show.
“I love Lorne Michaels like I love my dad, man,” Morgan said. “He’s my Obi-Wan Kenobi. I love that man and got emotional on the phone with him, because that’s how I feel for him in my heart. I said, ‘Lorne, I’m going to come home.’ And he simply said, ‘The door is open.'”
Soon after, he got a phone call with an official date, and Morgan immediately said yes. “I’m a survivor,” he said. “I was just in an accident, but because of comedy I didn’t end up a statistic like a lot of my friends did growing up in the projects. I was able to make people laugh to keep them off my back.”
Morgan hosted the Oct. 17 episode of Saturday Night Live, which included the return of many of his beloved characters, including Brian Fellow and Astronaut Jones.
Read the full story — which includes Morgan talking about his post-accident recovery and how his comedy is going to be different now — over at the GQ website.