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Tracy Morgan is recovering after a kidney transplant in early December.
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updated 12/20/2010 5:48:49 PM ET 2010-12-20T22:48:49

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is recovering from a kidney transplant undergone earlier this month, his publicist said in a statement on Monday.

Morgan, 42, will miss at least two episodes of the television show, "30 Rock", in which he co-stars with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin and plays a caricature of his own days on "Saturday Night Live." According to E! Online, his character's absence will be explained by some "happy news."

His successful transplant occurred around Dec. 10.

"Tracy is doing well and taking some much needed time to recover after the surgery," said the statement. "He is looking forward to going back to work after the holidays."

Morgan was diagnosed with diabetes nearly 15 years ago, but said in his first "30 Rock" season he did not take the disease seriously. The episodes Morgan will miss are due to air in March.

As E! Online pointed out, Morgan is the second member of "30 Rock" to have a transplant this year.  Grizz Chapman, who was suffering from end-stage renal disease, also received a new kidney.

Reuters and E! Online contributed to this report.

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