Heavy D Returns To T.V., Loses Weight

Heavy D is set to play a mechanic on "The

Tracy Morgan Show," an upcoming comedy based around the Saturday Night

Live comedian.

Fans may be a little surprised when they see

the return of the rapper. Heavy says that he shed 135 pounds over the last year,

in order to gain more acting roles.

"I went on a couple auditions and one director

was kind enough to say, `Look, you would've had this part but you're not fitting,

you're stifling yourself,"' Heavy told the Television Critics Association.

"He was right. I kind of always knew it

in the back of my mind, and I just woke up on a Tuesday and I just kept going."

The Tracy Morgan Show is not yet on NBC's fall