Eddie Murphy Says He'll Be a Part of 'SNL's' 40th Anniversary Special

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Are we about to be treated to Buh-Weet Sings, Volume 2?

Eddie Murphy just dropped a huge bombshell: He'll be there for Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special, set to air February 15 on NBC.

He let the news slip during an interview with TV One's Roland Martin: "Actually, they're having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks, and I'm going to that. And that'll be the first time I've been back since I left."

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Murphy shot to fame in the early 1980s as a SNL cast member, putting a dynamic spin on classic characters like Buckwheat, Gumby, and James Brown — but as he said, he hasn't been back to host the show or even make a cameo on it since 1984, the year he left the show for big-screen superstardom.

His three-decade absence has sparked rumors of a behind-the-scenes rift, but Murphy told Martin that's not what's kept him away: "It's just timing. It never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it."

No word yet on what Murphy will be doing on the special (we've reached out to NBC for comment, but haven't received a response yet), but we'd love to take another trip to "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood":