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It was a historic moment on the Saturday Night Live stage last night (Dec. 21). Eddie Murphy hosted the show for the first time since he left in 1984.

Fellow comedy legends like Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, and Dave Chappelle joined Murphy on stage for a moment of black, comedic, and entertainment history.

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Eddie Murphy’s appearance on SNL gave the show its best ratings since 2017. The Dec. 21 episode hoisted a 9.9 million viewers and a 2.5 rating for adults between 18-45 years old.

That’s the highest since Melissa McCarthy’s 2017 appearance where over 10 million viewers tuned in.

Eddie Murphy didn’t hold anything back last night showing the creative edge that has given him entertainment dominance for decades.

Perhaps the most discussed moment was his “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood” sketch. Draped in wit and smart funnies, Murphy found a way to discuss the topic of gentrification.

He used the famed Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood aesthetic to tell the story:

Murphy is gearing up for the Coming To America 2 release on August 7th 2020. He’s also fresh off of his Dolemite film that has been nominated for several Golden Globes.

Murphy continues to inspire us all with comedy, intelligence, and courage.

 

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