Eddie Murphywas one of the BEST cast members in the entire history of Saturday Night Live but the legendary comedian hasn't been on the show since he hosted an episode way back on December 15th, 1984.
So basically it's been thirty years!
But with SNL's 40th anniversary coming up — the actor has decided that it's been long enough, and he'll be a part of a three hour special that will feature other prominent cast members throughout this storied show's historic run!
Here's what he recently said in an interview:
"It's just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it. . . They're actually having a 40th anniversary I think in two weeks. I'm going to that, and that'll be the first time I've been back since I left."
Eddie's relationship with SNL has been tenuous at best since he left the show. He talked about that in an interview from a couple years ago where he said:
"They were shitty to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I'd left the show. They said some shitty things. There was that David Spade sketch [when Spade showed a picture of Murphy around the time of Vampire in Brooklyn and said, 'Look, children, a falling star']. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot. It was like, 'Hey, come on, man, it's one thing for you guys to do a joke about some movie of mine, but my career? I'm one of you guys. How many people have come off this show whose careers really are fucked up, and you guys are shitting on me?' And you know every joke has to go through all the producers, and ultimately, you know Lorne [Michaels] or whoever says, [Lorne Michaels voice] 'OK, it's OK to make this career crack…I felt shitty about that for years, but now, I don't have none of that."
Well, we hope he forgets about those unfunny moments, and just remembers the good times when he's back in action on the show!
We cannot wait to see this actor return to his comedy roots! It should be quite a show that's made LIVE from New York City!!!
Check out this classic clip of Eddie Murphy and Stevie Wonder from the show down (below) !