Tracy Morgan snagged an Emmy nomination for hosting Saturday Night Live last fall, it was announced Thursday. The SNL alum, who made his triumphant return to the show after a near-fatal car accident in 2014, shared his excitement upon hearing the news.
“I am just so happy and want to share this with so many people and am nominated with some extraordinary company. I love you guys,” the comedian said in a statement to EW.
“I just want to thank everyone who helped me and my family after that horrific night and the months after,” he went on. “Lorne [Michaels] and everyone at SNL for having me come home. The Doctors at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital who saved my life. The staff at JFK Medical Center who got me back on my feet. The first responders who helped me and my friends that fateful night. My amazing wife and kids. Lira, who helped my wife. My father, who is looking down on me right now.”
“I feel like Cuba [Gooding Jr.] at the end of Jerry Maguire! But most importantly… this is for you Jimmy Mack. I love you,” he said, referring to James McNair, who died in the 2014 accident. “Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”
Earlier this year, Morgan performed for the hospital staff who saved his life, calling it “one of the most special nights of my life.”
The 68th annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel airs Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC. Watch Morgan’s opening SNL monologue below.