When asked about having never served as a guest host on the show since 1984, Murphy said it wasn't about animosity with the show.
“It’s just timing. It never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it," Murphy said. "Actually, they are having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks. I’m going to that. That will be the first time I have been back since I left."
However, Murphy has long since refused to return to the show in any capacity. He was one of the only major cast members not to participate in SNL's 25th anniversary special, and he also declined to be interviewed for Tom Shale's comprehensive book Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live.