Newswire: Eddie Murphy returning to Saturday Night Live for first time in 30 years

When Eddie Murphy left Saturday Night Live in 1984, he left for good, declining offers to return and host the show, and becoming one of the few alumni who didn’t participate in James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ retrospective book Live From New York. But for reasons known only to Murphy, his relationship to the show has now warmed up to the point that he will return for SNL‘s 40th anniversary special on February 15.

“It’s just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it,” Murphy said to News One by way of explaining why he’s been away for so long, and why he’s suddenly available now. Of course, there have been hints of other reasons in the past, such as when he told Rolling Stone in 2011, “They were shitty to me on Saturday Night Live …

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