Buckwheat Is Back, Yo!

Eddie Murphy’s highly-anticipated return as Saturday Night Live host is finally happening.

The NBC sketch show on Monday announced that Murphy will serve as host for an episode airing this December, and will be Murphy’s first time hosting Saturday Night Live in 35 years.

Murphy kickstarted his career as a cast member of SNL but left in 1984, the year he also hosted. He would never return to host again after this, and in a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Murphy described his bad blood with the show.

In particular, he took issue with a joke from David Spade comparing him to a “falling star” as a jab at his recent unsuccessful films.

Murphy told Rolling Stone:

“I felt shitty about that for years, but now, I don’t have none of that, I wouldn’t go to retrospectives, but I don’t let it linger.”

Murphy did return for Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special in 2015, speaking for less than a minute after a lengthy, gushing introduction by Chris Rock. During the show Murphy said:

“I’m so happy to be back here, it’s a magical feeling … I will always love this show.”

Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, David Harbour, and Kristen Stewart also set to host Saturday Night Live this season, with Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, and Camila Cabello booked as musical guests. The musical guest for Murphy’s show hasn’t yet been revealed.

Murphy’s return as Saturday Night Live host is set for Dec. 21.

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