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Eddie Murphy to Host ‘SNL’ for First Time in 35 Years


Eddie Murphy is set to host Saturday Night Live for the first time in 35 years!

The comedian will host this year’s Christmas episode on Dec. 21, making it his first time leading the show since 1984. NBC took to social media on Monday to announce the exciting news.

The 58-year-old was a cast member from 1980-1984. During his time on the show, he was known for several iconic sketches and characters including Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood, Buckwheat, Gumby and more.

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In 2015, the comedian was supposed to play Bill Cosby on SNL’s 40th anniversary special, but instead he made a brief, comedy-free appearance in which he simply thanked the crowd and left the stage.

The 45th season of SNL returns Sept. 18 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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