One of the ONLY things missing from Tom Shale’s BRILLIANT 2008 book, Live From New York: An Uncensored History Of Saturday Night Live, was the participation of the biggest star to ever come out of SNL (with great apologies to Mr. Murray, Mr. Ferrell, Mr. Downey Jr, and Ms. Fey). Eddie Murphy, a talents whose rise was so meteoric that he is still the only person to HOST the show while still a cast member, never looked back since 1984. Until now…
After 30 years away, Eddie is coming back to 30 Rock!
The comedy legend will appear on the 40th anniversary special of the NBC sketch comedy show. The special airs February 15.
Murphy, who started his stand-up comedy career at 15, was 19 when he joined the show in 1981.
His last appearance was as host in 1984, by which time he had become a mega-movie star with “Beverly Hills Cop.”
In an interview with News One Now, Murphy talked about why it took so long for him to return.“It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it,” he said.
“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.”
It’s not a hosting gig. No chance to revisit the iconic characters he made famous. But maybe this is the first step toward that.