Big-- or semi-sort-of-big-- news out of Al Roker's just concluded interview with Eddie Murphy, on the promotion circuit for “Tower Heist:” He says he'd return to “Saturday Night Live” in some sort of guest/cameo capacity and would especially “love” to host.
By God, we can all relax now. Eddie is returning to “SNL!” Someday. Maybe. Perhaps. And probably just before he hosts the Oscars, if I'm reading my crystal ball correctly.
Here's what he told Al, and as soon as I find a clip, will post: He confirms that Ben Stiller, his “Heist” co-star who hosted “SNL” a couple of weeks ago, had broached the idea of a guest appearance, which of course would've been dynamite, but Murphy said he “couldn't make it come together” because of scheduling concerns, etc. He then said he'd “love to come back . . . absolutely. It'd have to be the right timing . . .” And he'd want to host.
For some history here, Murphy left the show as one of its biggest stars ever back in 1984, and did not look back-- except, perhaps, glancingly at a David Spade sketch joking about his declining career stats in a “look kids! a falling star!” sketch. Murphy was infuriated and that was that.
Here's what he tells Rolling Stone, in an interview on stands today:
Unlike other “Saturday Night Live" alumni, Murphy has refused to participate in retrospectives and hasn't been on the show in years — but he's gotten over his grudge. “They were — to me on 'Saturday Night Live' a couple of times after I'd left the show,” he says. “They said some — things. There was that David Spade sketch [when Spade showed a picture of Murphy around the time of 'Vampire In Brooklyn' and said, 'Look, children, a falling star']. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot.. I felt — about it for years, but now, I don't have none of that.”