Eddie Murphy Returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the First Time Since 1984

By January 30, 2015

Movie star and comedian Eddie Murphy arguably got his biggest break by appearing as a primary cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” from 1980-1984. During his time on the show, he starred in a few hit movies that made his star power shoot through the roof, including films like Beverly Hills CopTrading Places, and 48 Hours. When Murphy left the cast of the show in 1984, it seemed like he never looked back, as he was one of the few former cast members to never return as a guest or in a hosting capacity. It looks, though, like that’s about to change.

According to the man himself in an interview with NewsOne, Murphy will be back on “Saturday Night Live” in order to celebrate the show’s milestone 40th anniversary. Murphy explained over the phone that his extended absence has been more a matter of scheduling than a desire not to come back to the show, and seemed excited about the possibility of returning to the show that helped put him on the map.

It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it,” Murphy told News One. “They’re having a 40th anniversary. I’m going to that. And that will be the first time I’ve been back since I left.

Murphy carved a niche for himself very quickly while working on “SNL,” with his impressions of people like James Brown, his Mr. Rogers parody “Mr. Robinson,” and of course, the grown-up Buckwheat from “The Little Rascals.” It should definitely serve as quite the homecoming for the comedian, and who knows? Maybe appearing on this special can galvanize a greater possibility of getting him to host a future episode.

The 3-hour “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special will air on February 15th on NBC. For a brief look at some of the work that Murphy did on the show, see the video below!

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