Tracy Morgan will host "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, marking a triumphant return for the comedian and "SNL" alum, who survived a horrific car crash last year.

In promo videos for Saturday's episode, Morgan pokes fun at the injury, pretending not to remember his time on "SNL." He also delivers his signature joke: "I'm going to get everyone in this building pregnant!"

Morgan made an emotional surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards last month. "I miss you guys so much," he said. "It's been a long road back."

Indeed, it's been a long recovery for the 46-year-old, also known for his self-parodying role as Tracy Jordan on "30 Rock." Months after the accident, there were doubts as to whether he would work again.

In June, Morgan appeared on the "Today" show in his first interview since the accident. He held onto a cane as he tearfully spoke with Matt Lauer. "Right now my goal is just to heal and get better," he said.

Three months later, his progress was noticeable at the Emmys, where he walked out to a standing ovation and proudly announced: "I'm here. Standing on my own two feet."

Mercury Prize nominees are set

Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, electronica artist Aphex Twin and diva-dominated group Florence + The Machine are among 12 nominees for Britain's prestigious and unpredictable Mercury Prize for album of the year. There are only two bands among the finalists, punk act Slaves and rockers Wolf Alice. This year's winner will be announced Nov. 20.

New Garbage: Garbage's Butch Vig promises that a sixth album by the rock band is set for release early next year. "We're almost done," he said. "We have 12 songs almost finished, ranging from classic Garbage to songs that are quite different." He said Shirley Manson's singing "is so strong and that gives us a strong sense of continuity. … We've got a lot of momentum now." The band is rehearsing for a tour marking the 20th anniversary of its groundbreaking debut album, "Garbage."

Coming down: A 67,000-square-foot derelict mansion on a sprawling New Jersey estate where tobacco heiress Doris Duke lived can be demolished, a panel ruled. The Hillsborough Township Historic Preservation Commission made its decision on a 6-1 vote, ending a long hearing process. The Duke Farms Foundation had sought to demolish the mansion, which has been empty since Duke's death in 1993 at age 80. They said the building, erected in 1893, had fallen into disrepair and would take up to $20 million to bring it up to code.

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