Eddie Murphy Scores First Emmy for Guest Hosting 'SNL'

By , The New ALT 105.3

"Saturday Night Live" helped launch Eddie Murphy's career decades ago, and now, it's finally the reason that the actor and comedian has an Emmy award.

In his fifth nomination, Murphy finally won a primetime Emmy for his guest-hosting gig on the sketch comedy show last December, Entertainment Weekly reports.

His December appearance was his first time back on the show in 35 years, where he reprised famous roles such as Gumby, Buckwheat, and Mr. Robinson. Here's Murphy's acceptance speech from his first win:

"Thank you to everybody at the Emmys. Thank you so much for giving me an Emmy. I don't have an Emmy. This is 40 years since I started 'Saturday Night Live.' This is my first Emmy, so thank you so much," Murphy said.

He continued, "I want to thank Lorne Michaels for putting this whol thing together and making this happen. And I want to thank the cast and the writers and the crew at 'SNL.' This was a very very special thing for me to come back and have the show turn out the way it did."

He won in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series category over Brad Pitt, Fred Willard, Adam Driver, Dev Patel, and Luke Kirby.

Murphy also has a comedy special coming to Netflix that was supposed to premiere in 2020, but has likely been pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic.

In the press room after his win, Murphy said, "We were planning before the pandemic hit on doing standup, getting some stuff together. As soon as it's clear to go back out there, that's the plan."

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