Eddie Murphy to Host SNL for First Time in 35 Years — Plus Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and More
The comedian will host this year’s Christmas episode, marking his first time leading the show in 35 years, NBC announced Monday.
Murphy made a brief appearance on SNL in 2015 for a special tribute for the show’s 40th anniversary but has not delivered a full monologue since 1984.
Murphy, 58, 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.
The musical guest featured during Murphy’s episode has not yet been announced.
And Taylor Swift will take the stage to sing new songs off her hit album Lover on Oct. 5.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s full cast — including Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones — and more are also set to return for the 45th season.
SNL returns Sept. 18 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.