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Tracy Morgan makes emotional, wry return to Emmy stage

Most presenters don't walk out on stage to a standing ovation, but the former "30 Rock" star had some special circumstances.
/ Source: TODAY

It isn't customary for presenters to be received with a standing ovation. But Tracy Morgan, who in June 2014 was put into a coma after a horrific car crash that killed a fellow passenger, had some special circumstances.

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The former "30 Rock" star walked out in a maroon jacket to a roomful of his peers, who quickly took to their feet and applauded him and his recovery heartily.

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Prior to his presenting the best drama series prize to "Game of Thrones," he spoke for a bit. "Last year, Jimmy Kimmel said on stage 'I'll see you next year,'" he said. "Thanks to my doctors and my beautiful wife, I'm here standing on my own two feet."

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After remaining serious for another minute or two about the accident, Morgan began joking: "When I finally regained consciousness, I was just ecstatic to learn I wasn't the one who messed up," he said.

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The crash happened when a Walmart truck driver collided with the limousine bus Morgan and several others were riding in; his friend and collaborator James McNair was killed the crash. Morgan settled with Walmart, but told TODAY over the summer that "the pain is always going to be there."

Morgan has been slowly easing back into public life, with a trip to Disney World with his family, getting married and plans to return to one of his other home bases, "Saturday Night Live." The comedian will host the Oct. 17 episode of the show.

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