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The Comedy Awards 2012 - Red Carpet

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Tracy Morgan brought the house down during his dramatic Emmy speech Sunday night, 15 months after a deadly accident which left him in a coma for eight days.

Morgan’s surprise appearance came before he presented the final award of the night, for outstanding drama series to Game of Thrones.

“I’m here, standing on my own two feet. And God bless all of you for your love, your prayers, your positive thoughts for the past months,” Morgan said from the stage. “It’s been a long road back. ”

On June 7, 2014, a tractor-trailer slammed into the limousine that the comedian was riding, killing his friend and fellow passenger, James McNair. Morgan suffered what he called “a traumatic brain injury” in the crash.

Morgan said backstage that the speech, his return to Hollywood, “came from the heart.”

“It was very overwhelming. I waited 15 months for this,” said Morgan, sitting down at the podium backstage. “So when I got onstage it was overwhelming for me. I had to not be so emotional at that moment. But I wanted to let everyone know I missed them very much.”

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