Comedian Who Left ‘SNL’ in 1984 for a Successful Movie Career — and Got Into a Feud With the Show’s Creator — May Return to the Show for the First Time

Oct 5, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A comedian who got his start on “Saturday Night Live” and went on to a huge career in movies may return to his roots this weekend, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.

Eddie Murphy may appear when his "Tower Heist" co-star Ben Stiller hosts the NBC program Saturday night, the story reports. It would be Murphy’s first visit since he left the show in 1984 and wound up in a fight with creator Lorne Michaels, according to the story.

The feud between Michaels and Murphy reportedly started when then-cast member David Spade made a joke at Murphy’s expense during a career slump, the story notes. During a news segment, Spade showed a photo of Murphy and joked, "Look children, a falling star … Quick, make a wish!” the piece says.

Murphy, not happy about the joke, complained to Michaels and demanded an apology, but Michaels sided with the show’s writers, the article says. A representative for Murphy said there aren’t plans for him to appear on "SNL," although he might return in the future, the story adds.


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  1. Actually, it would not be Murphy’s first appearance since he left the show… although it’s an easy mistake to make. Murphy left the show in the midst of the 1983-1984 season, but then guest-hosted an episode on December 15, 1984, part of the following season, even if still the same calendar year.

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