Roosevelt’s Eddie Murphy to Host SNL In December

Eddie Murphy at Tribeca Film Festival 2010. (Photo by David Shankbone)

Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy, who grew up in Roosevelt, is going to host Saturday Night Live this winter, marking his first appearance on the show since 1984, when he was on cast.

SNL tweeted the news Monday, teasing a snippet of the fall 2019 season lineup, but Murphy, 58, was by far the biggest news of the bunch. Murphy’s hosting may be the longest stretch —35 years — between a former cast member returning to host SNL. Adam Sandler hosting this spring was notable for it being his first time back since being fired in 1995.

SNL also announced that Woody Harrelson will host the Sept. 28 debut of SNL’s 45th season. It was also announced that Phoebe Waller-Bridge will host on Oct. 5, David Harbour on Oct. 12, and Kristen Stewart on Nov. 2.

Three musical guests were also teased: Billie Eilish on Sept. 28, Taylor Swift on Oct. 5, and Camila Cabello on Oct. 12. No musical guest was announced for Murphy’s episode.

Murphy’s many movie credits since leaving SNL includes Beverly Hills Cop, followed by Coming To America, The Nutty Professor, and his role as Donkey in Shrek, to name a few. He stars in Dolemite Is My Name out later this year and Coming 2 America next year.