'Saturday Night Live' #TBT: Eddie Murphy Wants to Be Your Neighbor

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Eddie Murphy as Mr. Robinson in 'SNL'
Eddie Murphy as Mr. Robinson in 'SNL'

Saturday Night Live is celebrating an incredible 40 years of being on air next week with a star-studded extravaganza. Cast members new and old and memorable hosts are set to appear on the three-hour special, but one name truly stands out from the list — Eddie Murphy.

Murphy hasn't returned to SNL in 30 years, since he hosted his last episode on Dec. 15, 1984. There was bad blood between Murphy and the show, when he felt like they said "some s--tty things" about his career.

"What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot," he told Rolling Stone in 2011. "It was like, 'Hey, come on, man, it's one thing for you guys to do a joke about some movie of mine, but my career? I'm one of you guys.'"

Well, it seems that bygones are bygones, as Murphy will grace Studio 8H once again. For our throwback post, there were so many great sketches featuring Murphy in the archive. He's played such distinctive characters, from Gumby to Buckwheat to James Brown to Stevie Wonder.

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But perhaps our favorite Murphy sketch of all time is the classic, "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood," a parody of the gentle kid show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Except Murphy's version is, well, not quite so nice.

"I hope I get to move in your neighborhood someday. The problem is, when I move in, y'all move away!" he sings, as he moves around his rundown apartment.

And when his landlord comes by with an eviction notice, Murphy says, "Can you say scumbucket? That's our special word of the day, boys and girls."

Maybe Mister Robinson will show up to teach us another word on Feb. 15.

Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special airs live on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.