By Rita Kokshanian
Jan 30, 2015 @ 12:01 pm
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Saturday Night Live will be getting a blast from the past in February, thanks to Eddie Murphy. The former SNL star, who joined the cast in 1981 when he was just 19 years old and last appeared on the show as a host in 1984, confirmed that he will be returning to Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for the show's 40th anniversary special.

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Murphy, who is responsible for some of the most memorable SNL characters including Gumby, Buckwheat, and Mr. Robinson, revealed the exciting news during a phone interview with NewsOne Now, saying, "They're having a 40th anniversary. ... I'm going to that. And that will be the first time I've been back since I left."

It's safe to say we can't wait to tune in! The Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special airs live Sunday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. ET.

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