Sunday night’s “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special seemed like a revolving door of “SNL” stars from the past, including Chris Rock, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler and more.
One noticeable absence, though, was that of former “SNL” castmate Tracy Morgan. The comedian is still recovering from a severe car accident in June, and his “30 Rock” co-stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin took some time during the special to pay tribute to him.
“I wish my friend Tracy Morgan was here tonight, and I know that he was hoping that he would be well enough to be here too,” Fey said.
“And if he were here tonight, I’m sure Tracy would like to remind us that more than anything, he would like to get us all pregnant,” she joked.
“See you at the 41st, Tracy,” Baldwin said as the two introduced a clip of one of Morgan’s “SNL” characters, Brian Fellow.
Morgan suffered a broken leg, nose and ribs, along with a “traumatic brain injury,” from the crash, said his lawyer Benedict Morelli in November. The accident killed Morgan’s friend and fellow comedian Jimmy McNair.
“He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better,” Morelli said. “We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury’s out.”
Morgan has not made any public appearances since the crash. Morgan, along with fellow crash survivors Jeffrey Millea, wife Krista and Ardie Fuqua, have sued Walmart, as one of the corporate giant’s trucks, driven by Kevin Roper, hit Morgan’s limo and caused the six-car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.
In their suit, they allege that Walmart allowed Roper to drive after being “awake for more than 24 consecutive hours,” causing Roper to fall asleep at the wheel and strike the vehicle.
Watch the full “SNL” clip below.