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UPDATED Sunday, February 15, 10:00 a.m. EST-

This evening Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a 3 1/2-hour TV special, starting 8 p.m. EST/PST. Many of the old cast members will return to reprise characters they made popular, including Eddie Murphy, who will appear on the show for the first time since 1984.

Earlier:

Comedian/actor and singer Eddie Murphy joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to talk about his new reggae single, “Oh Jah Jah” and his return to “Saturday Night Live” more than 30 years since his last appearance on the show.

Murphy’s latest song comes 20 years after “Party All The Time” from his debut musical album, “How Could It Be.” He told Martin, “I never ever stopped making music, I stopped putting music out in the ’80s. In the ’80s for some reason more than in any decade, there was a bunch of actors that was trying to sing and put records out and it looked crazy.”

 

Murphy said before he started doing stand up comedy that he had a band. “I’ve always done music. I’ve played guitar, piano and I write and produce and I was coming at music that way because I didn’t want to get thrown in a barrel with everybody else.”

For the last 25 years Murphy has been recording music for himself. He said, “I never ever left it alone, I just stopped letting y’all hear it.”

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The long-time comic also shared his views on the success of Kevin Hart and Chris Rock saying, “I love Chris Rock, I love Kevin Hart. I love them both. There’s a lot of funny dudes around, there’s a lot of people around that’s funny, those two dudes are special.”

When asked why he has not gone back to perform on “Saturday Night Live” since 1984 Murphy said, “It’s just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it.”

“They’re actually having a 40th anniversary I think in two weeks,” the actor added. “I’m going to that, and that’ll be the first time I’ve been back since I left.”

The highly anticipated star-studded “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special will air on NBC on Sunday, February 15.

Watch Martin and Eddie Murphy discuss his new reggae single, “Oh Jah Jah” and return to “SNL” in the video clip above.

WATCH Eddie Murphy’s new music video for “Oh Jah Jah” below.. 

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