"He's a superstar. If he wants me to, I will do it," the legendary musician said of Murphy.
Upon hearing the news Murphy, 58, would be hosting "Saturday Night Live" in December, the legendary singer/songwriter, 69, said he's on board if Murphy leaves an open invitation: "He's a superstar. If he wants me to, I will do it."
The "Superstition" singer last appeared on the NBC sketch show in May 1983 as both host and musical guest where he sang "Mon Cherie" with Murphy, who was impersonating Wonder during the duet. Murphy had perfected his impression of the Grammy winner a year before in a famous sketch with Joe Piscopo who played Frank Sinatra while they riffed on "Ebony and Ivory".
By the time Wonder took over "Saturday Night Live" for an evening, he had already racked up 12 Grammy wins. A year later, he was the first African-American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for 1984's "The Woman in Red". Since then, he has added 13 more Grammys to his collection.
Meanwhile, Murphy, who was an SNL cast member from 1980 to 1984 and has not returned to the show to host since departing, has a slew of upcoming projects.
According to an interview with Collider, Murphy wants to reprise his role as Detroit detective Axel Foley, which propelled him to international stardom in 1984, for the fourth installment of "Beverly Hills Cop".
"Yeah that's what we're doing after 'Coming to America 2'. We're doing 'Beverly Hills Cop' and then the plan is to get back on stage and do stand-up," he told the publication.
The news comes as Murphy is on the promotional trail for "Dolemite Is My Name", a biopic about the iconic comic performer Rudy Ray Moore, which opens October 4.
Moving forward, however, the Brooklyn native is going to focus on where it all began for the comedic legend -- stand-up.
"That's what I'll be doing mostly is stand-up. These movies and 'Saturday Night Live' it's kind of like I’m looking at it as a bookend. If I decided I wanted to stay on the couch forever, I ended it on a funny note," he admitted to Collider.
Woody Harrelson and Billie Eilish kicked off "SNL" season 45 last weekend, with "Fleabag" star Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Taylor Swift taking over this week, while a David Harbour/Camila Cabello combo will link up the week after.
November 2 sees Kristen Stewart return as a host, though a musical guest has yet confirmed; Murphy hosts the pre-Christmas show on December 21, who now has at least one volunteer offering his musical services.
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