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Eddie Murphy, who became a star on NBC’s long-running late-night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, has not returned to the set in 31 years. The actor and comedian decided to bury the hatchet and will return for SNL‘s 40th anniversary show according to a recent interview.

Murphy was a guest on NewsOne Now with host Roland Martin, and he shared tales about why he stopped releasing music and his current resurgence on the scene in that arena. Murphy shared that he longs to return to the stage as both a comic and performer, but only if he’s able to incorporate all of what he’s done in the course of his career.

Murphy mentioned his time on SNL as being instrumental in building his love of the live show aspect. Martin then asked why hasn’t Murphy returned to SNL like many other alums have and gave a straight answer.

“It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it,” said. Murphy. “They’re actually having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks. I’m going to that, and that’ll be the first time I’ve been back since I left.”

According to the Huffington Post, Murphy shared his distaste for SNL in a 2011 Rolling Stone interview in where alum David Spade made a dig at Murphy’s movie flops. Hurt by the joke, Murphy said he made a fuss about it but has since come forward and said that he has no issue with Spade.

Watch the interview with NewsOne Now below.

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