Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy Returning to 'Saturday Night Live' for SNL 40th Anniversary

After 30 years away from Studio 8H, one of the most popular performers in the history of Saturday Night Live is returning to the SNL stage.

In a phone interview with News One Now, Eddie Murphy confirmed that he will return to Saturday Night Live for the upcoming 40th anniversary special, marking his first appearance on SNL since he hosted the show on Dec. 15, 1984.

"It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it," Murphy said, as a way of explaining why he hasn't been seen on the show in three decades. "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."

This is a HUGE get for Saturday Night Live. He's arguably the biggest star the show has created, and he's the biggest past star they could have gotten, short of having Will Ferrell back for the special. Right away, this makes the show a bigger deal than it likely would have been otherwise, since Murphy is also one of the best performers the show has ever had. Saturday Night Live was crucial in making him the household name he would become, so it'll be great to see him come back to the stage again. Hopefully, this opens up the possibility for him to host again. If nothing else, it should give him the opportunity to promote his upcoming solo album, 9, which honestly sounds pretty damn good. But then, it's never been a secret that Eddie Murphy could sing.

The Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special will air Feb. 15 at 8:00 PM ET, live on NBC. Until then, check out the NBC News report on the announcement below:

Eddie Murphy Returning to 'Saturday Night Live' for SNL 40th Anniversary
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