Eddie Murphy will host Saturday Night Live December 21, the first time since his first hosting gig in 1984.
The hosting seems to line up with Murphy's year back in films with Dolemite is My Name and Coming to America 2 both being announced. Even though this is the first time he's hosted since 1984, the news highlights how incredible his 1984 hosting duties were. Murphy was tapped to host that year even though he was already a cast member.
The history behind Murphy's hosting duties also breaks down why he has had a grudge against SNL for 25 years since 1990 after David Spade made a joke about Murphy's less-than-stellar films. As he told Rolling Stone in 2011, he felt like it was Lorne Michaels approving of the joke.
"What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot," he said as reported by IndieWire. "...I'm one of you guys. How many people have come off this show whose careers are really f***** up, and you guys are s******* me? And you know every joke has to go through all the producers, and ultimately, you know, Lorne or whoever says, [Lorne Michaels voice] 'OK, it's OK to make this career crack..."
Still, Murphy did come to the show's 40th anniversary special in 2015. Hopefully, Murphy's time as host will finally put some bad feelings between Murphy and the show to rest for good.
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