Eddie Murphy to Host “Saturday Night Live” For First Time in 35 Years

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 06: Actor Eddie Murphy arrives at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Eddie Murphy is coming back to Saturday Night Live. The SNL alum has been booked to host the December 21 edition of the show’s 45th season.

The legendary comedian’s return to SNL will be his first time hosting the iconic sketch series in 35 years. Murphy made a brief appearance at the show’s 40th anniversary special in 2015 but has otherwise boycotted it for decades.

The comic’s problems with SNL were sparked by a David Spade joke that aired on the show in the ’90s. Murphy, who became one of SNL’s biggest stars ever in the ’80s, took issue with Spade mocking his career in a segment called Hollywood Minute.

“They were s****y to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I’d left the show,” Murphy told Rolling Stone in 2011. “They said some s****y 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.

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SOURCE: HipHopDX – Justin Ivey