Eddie Murphy made his return to Saturday Night Live on US television this weekend, 35 years after he left the comedy institution to pursue his career in Hollywood.

Murphy became one of Saturday Night Live's most-loved performers during his four years with the show and received a rapturous welcome upon his return.

"It's great to be back here, finally," he told the audience in his opening monologue.

"This is the last episode of 2019," he continued, "but if you're black, this is the first episode since I left back in 1984."

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Murphy joked about the size of his family, telling the audience: "I actually just had a new baby, just about a year ago. That means I have 10 kids now. Eleven if you count Kevin Hart."

"If you would have told me 30 years ago that I would be this boring stay-at-home house dad and Bill Cosby would be in jail, even I would have took that bet," he added.

Murphy was joined onstage by fellow comedians Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Dave Chappelle.

"You're looking at half of Netflix's budget right here onstage," joked Chappelle.

Murphy's new film, the Rudy Ray Moore biopic Dolemite is My Name, is currently streaming on Netflix. He is among the Golden Globe nominees for his performance as the trailblazing comedy actor in the film.

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The 58-year-old has also recently completed work on the sequel to his 1988 comedy Coming to America.