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Fans & Press React to Eddie Murphy’s *Restrained* Return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ After 30 Years

Fans & Press React to Eddie Murphy's *Restrained* Return to 'Saturday Night Live' After 30 Years

I admittedly fell asleep before Eddie Murphy’s very brief appearance on “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary special last night – an appearance I was actually looking forward to, as our Twitter followers would know, since I mentioned it early on, in the broadcast. So I missed it – at least, the live version of it. And, as I would find out when I woke up this morning, I didn’t miss anything at all!

I think a lot of us were looking forward to Murphy’s “return” to SNL after 30 years. Our post on the announcement, published a couple of weeks ago, was one of the most-shared items on our social media accounts, that week! And, in the end, most were quite disappointed when the maestro did eventually appear, after a lengthy intro by Chris Rock (an intro that was about 4 times as long as the amount of time Eddie would stand in front of a live studio audience), which was met with a standing ovation! A greeting fit for royalty.

Apparently, he wasn’t actually planning to do much of anything; he may not have even really wanted to be there – even though that’s where his career really launched. After all the hype of a return after 30 long years, his blink-and-you-will-miss-it participation was what many called “an epic fail;” a disappointment during what was a very long (3 1/2 hours), but, from all I’ve read of it this morning, mostly satisfying retrospective of the franchise.

And press and fans alike certainly weren’t shy with their thoughts:

And so on, and so forth (the last one was tweeted just minutes ago). I picked these randomly, by the way. Just search Twitter for “Eddie Murphy” and you’ll get your fill.

However, there are some who are *defending* him (not that he needs to be) and his appearance, so it’s not entirely a cavalry of criticism. Here are a couple:

What did you think? Whether about Murphy’s appearance, or about the entire 3 1/2 special – assuming you watched it last night, and didn’t fall asleep like I did?

Here’s Rock’s intro, followed by Murphy’s appearance, if you missed it:

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