Has Eddie Murphy Squashed His Grudge With 'SNL'?

2:46 PM PST 10/26/2011 by THR staff
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The "Tower Heist" star reveals he's over being angry at the NBC sketch show.

It seems as if Eddie Murphy has gotten over a nearly three-decade grudge against NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Murphy was a cast member on the NBC sketch show from 1980 to 1984. Since then, he has made himself scarce when it comes to the show’s retrospective specials and hosting gigs. The actor is now talking about it in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

"They were s---ty to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I'd left the show," he tells the magazine. "They said some s---ty things.”

Murphy points to a David Spade sketch in he was called a “falling star” around the time his 1995 movie, Vampire in Brooklyn, was released. “What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot,” he adds.

It doesn’t seem like we’ll be seeing him hosting SNL any time soon, but the actor says he isn’t holding on to the anger anymore. “I felt s---ty about it for years, but now, I don't have none of that."

Murphy also reveals in the Rolling Stone interview that he believes Beverly Hills Cop 4 is dead in the water (but announces he would like to do a TV series spinning off the franchise), why he wants to take his movie career in an edgier direction, his possible return to stand up, and why he decided to host the Oscars next year. The issue hits stands on Friday.

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