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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Could Eddie Murphy Show Up at SNL This Weekend?

Eddie Murphy hasn't showed up in Studio 8H since leaving the show in 1984, nor has he appeared in any reunions, specials, or interviews about the show. But all that might change this weekend, because shit, he's gotta promote Tower Heist!

Ben Stiller, Murphy's co-star in the upcoming Brett Ratner action comedy, is hosting SNL this weekend, and rumors are flying that Murphy will make an appearance. I buy it. While there have been long-standing rumors that Murphy and Lorne Michaels are no fans of each other (which makes some sense, as Murphy was on the show during the years Lorne wasn't involved), one source of Murphy's animosity is said to be a David Spade joke made in 1989, when he said "Look children, a falling star… Quick, make a wish!" 22 years later, I'm guessing Murphy is probably over that slight.

So will Murphy show up during the monologue, or maybe at the Weekend Update desk? It's certainly possible! It's also quite possible that this rumor is swirling around simply because he and Stiller are in a movie together and has no basis in reality. I'm hoping not; it'd be pretty great to see Murphy back on that stage, if but briefly. We'll see!

  • Jason Farr@facebook

    This would be great, but I don't want to even start to get my hopes up. Starting to think about it. Must stop now. Moving on. The NY Post had some info off there I think. I think that joke came in the 90s after Murphy had a few flops not just one. And Lorne says in the paperback version of Live From New York that he had dinner with Eddie and he "couldn't have been nice. Was very gracious." I don't think there's bad blood between them. That's just typical Page 6 "let's stir things up" bullcrap I bet.

  • Brillz73@twitter

    Actually, he left the show at the end of the 83-84 season and then returned the following season (84-85) to host the Christmas show.

    But the Spade shit is true because neither him, nor Mike Myers, nor Adam Sandler would've ever had a job if Eddie hadn't saved SNL from going off the air in the early 80s, so the writers clearing a joke like that knocking a guy to whom everybody on that show owes their careers was a serious lack of respect. Yes, it's comedy, but nobody makes Akroyd or Belushi jokes on the show. Eddie deserved his sainthood too.

    • Danie Hall@twitter

      @Brillz73@twitter Thank you for saying this!

  • Anthony Coro

    I'm with Jason; if I think about this too much I'll get too excited. I would legit crap my pants if this happens (but what I'd really love is to see Eddie host). My worry though–if this isn't just a bogus rumor to begin with–is that Eddie might be ticked that it leaked and drop out. He's always been…er, delicate about these sorts of things.

  • http://www.shawncomedy.com Shawn Miller

    So Eddie's first appearance on SNL in nearly 26 years will be a dumb cameo to promote an inevitably crappy movie he'll be in this fall? Oh, how I miss Eddie of the 80s, before he got a diva-complex from, of all films, The Nutty Professor.