Live from New York, it's…Eddie Murphy? Could be, if the rumors that the star will be making a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend are true. According to the New York Post, "work is going on behind the scenes" for the actor to drop in on host Ben Stiller — his co-star in the upcoming film Tower Heist — for a cameo appearance. That would mark Murphy's first SNL appearance since he left the show in 1984.
Murphy, who was on the sketch comedy show for four seasons, is arguably the brightest star to come from the SNL galaxy. Since getting his big break on the series, he has starred in over 40 feature films and snagged an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in 2006's Dreamgirls. But a rumored feud with SNL producer Lorne Michaels — sparked, according to EW.com, by some disrespectful comments made in 1995 by David Spade about Murphy's "sagging movie career" — has kept him from coming back to the show. The alum was even a no-show at SNL's 25th anniversary party in 1999.
But times have changed, and Murphy has both a new film and hosting gig at the Oscars to promote, so a return to his comedy roots would make sense. The actor's reps, however, deny the rumors, claiming “Mr. Murphy is not planning on returning to Saturday Night Live at this time. Perhaps at some time in the future.”
For those of us who have been waiting patiently since the 1990s for a true Eddie Murphy comeback, lets hope the future is now.
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