Eddie Murphy Says That Nostalgia Prompted His ‘SNL’ Return

Eddie Murphy is making his triumphant return to “Saturday Night Live”.

On Thursday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, the comedian opened up about his upcoming hosting gig,  which will mark his first appearance on the late-night show in 35 years. While he’s not sure which of his famous characters he might revive, he’s sure some — if not all of them — will make a comeback.

“Young people are going, ‘Who are these characters?'” Murphy joked.

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Murphy was the youngest cast member when he was on the show during the 1983-84 season. The actor went on to become one of the biggest stars in the world. So, what Ellen wanted to know was, why go back after all these years?

“They had the 40th anniversary a few years back and I went there and I saw everybody and I saw all the other actors and actresses and people in the crew and I got this big burst of nostalgia and I started feeling like ‘Oh, I want to go back,'” he explained. “I’ve been wanting to go back there since then. But wanted to go back at the right time.”

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With Oscar buzz surrounding his Netflix film “Dolemite Is My Name”, perhaps now is the right time for Murphy, especially with the upcoming release of his new movie “Coming 2 America”.

“I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out,” he said of the “Coming to America” sequel. “We’ve gone above and beyond what anyone would think. I’m really, really happy.”

Catch Murphy’s “SNL” return on December 21 featuring musical guest Lizzo!

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