Following this past weekend’s massive Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special, original Not Ready for Primetime Player Dan Aykroyd joined Howard Stern to discuss, among other things, the awkward appearance on the special by his Trading Places co-star Eddie Murphy.
Rather than reprise one of his classic characters, or even do a few minutes of stand-up, Murphy simply accepted his standing ovation, said a few sincere words and that was it. The whole thing was so uncomfortable that NBC had to edit the video clip before posting it online the next day.
“Am I wrong in thinking that this Eddie Murphy moment was very awkward?” Stern asked Aykroyd. “It seemed to me like Eddie Murphy had a gun to his head.”
After calling Murphy an “elder statesman of American comedy,” Aykroyd admitted that he “would have loved it if he’d just gone off on that Eddie rant on somebody in the audience.”
With so many celebrities in attendance, Aykroyd said Murphy “could have riffed on that audience and just ripped it.”
Listen to audio below, via SiriusXM’s Howard 100:
And watch the unedited Murphy appearance as it aired live below, via NBC:
[Photo via SiriusXM]
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