It’s been 31 years since comedian Eddie Murphy has been on the set of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. There was bad blood before he left after Season 9, and after. As Murphy told Rolling Stone in 2011, “They were shitty to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I’d left the show,” he said. One sketch in particular rubbed Murphy the wrong way — David Spade made a joke about Murphy being a “falling star.” But Murphy’s moved on. In fact, he’s returning to SNL for the show’s three-hour, fortieth anniversary TV special on February 15.
The timing is right for Murphy. He’s promoting his new solo album, “9.” It includes the reggae single ‘Oh Jah Jah.’ Murphy wrote the song which was produced in Soul Mountain Studios in Beverly Hills. The second verse starts: “Jah hear my cry / While I cry for you and I again/ Oh jah jah hear my prayer / While I pray for this world to be a better place.”