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Eddie Murphy returns after 30 years to Host SNL

Friday January 30, 2015    3:01 AM

After more than 30 years, Eddie Murphy is returning to Saturday Night Live.

The comedy legend will appear on the 40th anniversary special of the NBC sketch comedy show. The special airs February 15.

Murphy, who started his stand-up comedy career at 15, was 19 when he joined the show in 1981.

His last appearance was as host in 1984, by which time he had become a mega-movie star with "Beverly Hills Cop."

In an interview with News One Now, Murphy talked about why it took so long for him to return.

It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it," he said.

"They're having a 40th anniversary. I'm going to that. And that will be the first time I've been back since I left."

Murphy remains the second youngest performer in the show's history.

In his four years on 'SNL' Murphy was a breakout star among the cast, playing such iconic characters as Buckwheat, Gumby, Mr. Robinson, and doing celebrity impressions of Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Bill Cosby.

The 'Saturday Night Live' 40th anniversary special will air live on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

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