Known for a multitude of sketches including his classic impersonations of Stevie Wonder, Gumby, Buckwheat and more, it’s been over 30 years since legendary comedian Eddie Murphy last graced the stage of Saturday Night Live, leaving the show in 1984 after finding mainstream success with franchises like Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hours.
Now he’s announced that he will indeed return for the long running show’s upcoming 40th anniversary special, though NBC has declined to reveal exactly how he will participate. Despite rumors of a potential rift Murphy denies the claims, explaining that the long absence was simply a matter of timing.
Said Murphy, “It’s just timing. It never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it.”
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