The 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live was filled with plenty of nostalgic moments and brought back vintage parodies that everyone still talks about today. However, there were a couple of fails that stuck out like a sore thumb, especially the “dedication” to Eddie Murphy. Fellow SNL alum Chris Rock did the honor of introducing Mr. Murphy and everything was going fine until the veteran comedian stepped out on stage.
However, Murphy was on screen for a mere 69 seconds and gave this brief speech before they faded to commercial.
“Keep going, let’s keep it going for Eddie,” he said to the crowd clapping along. “Hey ah, isn’t this an incredible night? This show is such a big part of who I am and my life and I’m so happy to be back here. It’s such a magical feeling. It feels like going back to my old high school, kinda. It’s a good feeling. I’m really happy that so many people here value the stuff that I did thirty-five years ago on the show. I will always love this show and let’s have some more show. Let’s have a big round of applause for everybody.”
That was it. No reenactment of his most memorable characters like “Gumby.” No other past cast member during his time on the show from 1980-1984 came up to speak about his wild antics. After all the hype around his return to stage 8H after 25 years, the only meaningful ounce of respect the man got was the audience’s standing ovation. It was quite disappointing to his fans who have watched his career grow from the SNL stage to starring in the Beverly Hills Cop, The Nutty Professor and Doctor Dolittle franchises.
Watch the clip from his weird tribute above.