Eddie Murphy hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend for the first time in 35 years and he had a lot to say.
“It’s great to be back here finally hosting Saturday Night Live for Christmas,” Murphy said in his opening monologue.
“This is the last episode of 2019 but if you’re black, this is the first episode since I left back in 1984,” he told the audience.
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The SNL vet then brought up his family, and mocked fellow comedian Kevin Hart.
“So much has changed. I actually just had a new baby about a year ago,” he recalled. “That means I have ten kids now, eleven if you count Kevin Hart.”
After saying he was just kidding about Hart’s height, Murphy turned his attention to Bill Cosby.
“If you had told me 30 years ago, that I would be this boring, stay-at-home house dad and Bill Cosby would be in jail, even I wouldn’t have took that bet,” he said to laughter.
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Murphy began to imitate the incarcerated comedian and asked, “Who is America’s dad now?”
Moments later, he welcomed fellow SNL alums Tracy Morgan and Chris Rock.
“I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” Rock said, before admitting he was actually there because his kids are fans of Lizzo, who served as the night’s musical guest.
“What a moment we’re having!” Murphy said as Dave Chappelle suddenly appeared.
Chappelle asked Murphy if he saw the sketch he’d written for him on rapper T.I.’s drive-thru gynecology clinic.
Murphy appeared perplexed — making it clear he wasn’t up on the latest celebrity gossip like T.I.’s controversial comments about accompanying his daughter to the gynecologist to make sure she was still a virgin and her hymen was intact.
“It’s stupid. It just says stuff like, ‘I will check your hymen expeditiously,'” Chappelle said to laughter.
Later in the show, Murphy brought back his Gumby and Velvet Jones impressions.