'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special: The 9 greatest segments of the night

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Mike Myers as Wayne, Dana Carvey as Garth during the Wayne's World skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: John Goodman during the Audience Q&A skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Larry David during the Audience Q&A skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Tim Meadows during the Audience Q&A skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Larry David during the Audience Q&A skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Kanye West performs on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Miley Cyrus performs on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy as Matt Foley, Jane Curtin during the Weekend Update skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Fred Armisen as Garth, Kristin Wiig as Kat during the Marty and Beyonce skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Keith Richards on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Emma Stone as Roseanne Roseannadanna during the Weekend Update skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Robert DeNiro during the New York Intro skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Jack Nicholson during the Politics Intro skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy as Matt Foley, Jane Curtin during the Weekend Update skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte during the ESPN Classic skit on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Laraine Newman, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Kristen Wiig, Keenan Thompson, Taylor Swift, Fred Armisen, Kerry Washington, Betty White during The Californians on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Saturday Night Live has been entertaining audiences for 40 years with some of the funniest, edgiest, and smartest humor on television.

For the sketch show's massive, star-studded three-and-a-half hour anniversary special, the show pulled out all the stops and gave fans the nostalgic retrospective everyone wanted, while creating brand new content that proves once and for all that any of the show's beloved characters and sketches can still stand the test of time.

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Like any episode of SNL, there were a few bumps and hiccups here or there, and like any episode it didn't matter at all because you never stopped smiling.

Below, we take a look at the nine funniest, most nostalgic moments of the night.

#9. "Wayne's World" Returns

Dana Carvey and Mike Myers reprised their roles as Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar in an SNL-themed episode of Wayne's World that might have been as good (or better) than most of the actual "Wayne's World" sketches that aired on SNL during their time as cast members. Aside from some biting jokes about the show itself, they also got to make fun of Kanye West, and he actually seemed to be a good sport about it, which is impressive for a whole host of reasons.

#8. SNL Audition Tapes

Before they were SNL, all of the cast members were just a scared, nervous comedians doing impressions for Lorne Michaels on an empty set with no one laughing. SNL auditions are notoriously stressful and intimidating, and it was amazing to see the tryouts for some of the cast members who became the biggest stars. It was almost more interesting to see the audition tapes for comics who didn't get cast that went on to become huge stars and even guest hosts, like Jim Carrey and Zach Galifianakis.

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#7. Betty White and Bradley Cooper Make Out

This really happened, and it was great. For the 40th anniversary special, one of the sketches they choose to showcase was the painfully silly soap opera spoof "The Californians." However, given this sketch's wide array of guest stars (including Taylor Swift and Kerry Washington), it was funnier than it's ever been. Plus, the segment ended with Bradley Cooper and Betty White making out like crazy, and that's just good comedy right there.

#6. Ex-Hosts Host The Monologue

Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Payton Manning, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus and Billy Crystal, all on stage at the same time, made this easily one of the best monologues in years. Martin started by saying comedians make the best hosts, and were the backbone of SNL. Hanks disagreed, saying that it was really actors who really dominated as hosts. Each star then represented their own category of host, with Cyrus repping musicians, McCartney standing up for female hosts, Rock for hosts who were also cast members, Manning for hosts who are athletes, and Crystal for hosts who are also Broadway legends. Simon and McCartney stood up for guest hosts named Paul, but Martin pointed out that is a narrow category.

Here's some SNL trivia for you: Technically, McCartney has never hosted, only been the musical guest six times. There have also only been five guest hosts named Paul (Paul Simon, Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti, Paul Shaffer, and Paul Reiser.

#5. Jerry Seinfeld's Q&A

"Audience member" Q&As have been a long-standing tradition at SNL, and they are almost always funny. However, tonight was about as good as it could get with John Goodman, Larry David, and a slew of other stars asking Seinfeld questions about SNL and its history. However, the best part was how comfortable and confident Seinfeld was. Usually, when he appears on the show, he's stumbled or stepped on a line, but up there on the big night it was suddenly like he had been a cast member for the last four decades. His timing was simply incredible, and sold the entire bit.

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#4. Jimmy and Justin's Musical Cold Open

While it wasn't a "cold open" in the traditional sense -- it was closer to a musical monologue -- Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake summarized 40 years of classic sketches in a choreographed dance number and song that really did a good job of getting everyone pumped up for the next 210 minutes of strolling down memory lane.

#3. A Brand New Digital Short

Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler teamed up for a brand new Digital Short, and it was one of the best that SNL has ever aired. The entire song celebrated the age-old sketch pitfall of "breaking," which is breaking character by laughing, because you simply can't hold it in. They song introduced clips of different cast members breaking, until finally it was just clip after clip of Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz, who famously laughed in almost every single bit they ever did as cast members.

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#2. A Look Back at SNL's Musical Comedy

Music has always played a big role on SNL, and not just the two songs each musical guest plays each episode. Martin Short and Beyonce (or rather an exceptionally gorgeous Maya Rudolph doing her stellar Beyonce impression) hosted the lengthy segment that showed love to every singing character from Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen's Garth & Kat to Joe Piscopo's incredible Frank Sinatra impression, and so many more. While it might not have been the funniest segment of the night, it might be the one most worth watching.

#1. "Celebrity Jeopardy" Featuring The Best Impressions Ever

Tonight's special proved that "Celebrity Jeopardy" is the best sketch SNL has ever had for showcasing celebrity impressions. Aside from Will Ferrell playing the straight-man as Alex Trebek, we got to see Darrell Hammond reprise his Sean Connery, we got Kate McKinnon's amazing Justin Bieber impression, we got Taran Killam's pitch-perfect Christoph Waltz, Jimmy Carrey brought back his Matthew McConaughey that he made so popular during his episode earlier this season, Alec Baldwin showed us his down-right amazing Tony Bennett, and Norm MacDonald ushered in the return of Burt Reynolds (a.k.a. Turd Ferguson).

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Check out some of the great videos below for some incredible SNL flashbacks, and interviews with past and present cast members about their time on the celebrated show.

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Jimmy Fallon, left, and Justin Timberlake arrive at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Bradley Cooper, Gloria Campano walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Jane Krakowski walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Dakota Johnson walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Kerry Washington, Chris Rock walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Taylor Swift walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Glenn Close arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Jimmy Fallon, left, and Justin Timberlake arrive at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
James Franco arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Mary Elizabeth Ellis, left, and Charlie Day arrive at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Melissa McCarthy arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Betty White arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Jimmy Fallon, left, and Justin Timberlake arrive at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Justin Timberlake, from left, Billy Crystal and Jimmy Fallon arrive at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Gabourey Sidibe arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Horatio Sanz arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Will Ferrell arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Carson Daly walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Fred Armisen walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Kyle Mooney, Sasheer Zamata, Beck Bennett, Michael Che, Vanessa Bayer, Colin Jost, Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam, Kenan Thompson walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Carson Daly, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Hilaria Baldwin, left, and Alec Baldwin arrive at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Emilie Livingston, left, and Jeff Goldblum arrive at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Al Roker walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Michael Loccisano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Tom Arnold walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Michael Loccisano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Actor Fred Willard attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Rapper Darryl 'D.M.C.' McDaniels attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Comedian Rachel Dratch attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Justin Timberlake attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Actor Bill Murray attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Comedian Will Ferrell attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Jeannie Mai walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Comedian Horatio Sanz attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Billy Crystal walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Bill Hader walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Timberlake, Billy Vrystal, and Jimmy Fallon walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Kevin Nealon and guest walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Martin Short walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Whoopi Goldberg walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Robert De Niro walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Tom Hanks attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Sarah Silverman attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Dakota Johnson walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Actress Emma Stone attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Jessica Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Kerry Washington, Chris Rock walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Taylor Swift attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Justin Timberlake, left, Billy Crystal, center, and Jimmy Fallon attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Sarah Palin attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Singer Taylor Swift attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Chevy Chase attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Emma Stone, left, laughs with Larry David on the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Amy Poehler attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Keith Richards and wife Patti Hansen attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Paige Butcher, left, and Eddie Murphy attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Elvis Costello attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actor Eddie Murphy and former Gov. of Alaska, Sarah Palin, greet each other on the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Jimmy Fallon attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Billy Crystal, right, and Jimmy Fallon, left, attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Dan Aykroyd attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Michael Bolton attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Chris Parnell attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Tom Hanks, left, and Rita Wilson, right, attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Louis C.K. attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Dave Chappelle attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Sarah Palin attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Chris Dodd, left, and Jackie Marie Clegg, right, attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Larry David attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Kerry Washington arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Lucy Liu attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actor Bill Murray attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Chris Rock arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Joey Fatone arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Sarah Silverman arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen during The Californians on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Laraine Newman, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Kristen Wiig, Keenan Thompson, Taylor Swift, Fred Armisen, Kerry Washington, Betty White during The Californians on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Robert Dinero during the New York Open on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images`)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Paul McCartney performs on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images`)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Paul McCartney performs on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images`)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Dan Aykkroyd during the Bass-O-Matic on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images`)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery, Taran Killam as Christoph Waltz, Jim Carrey as Matthew McConaughey during the Celebrity Jeopardy on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images`)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery, Kate McCinnon as Justin Beiber, Alec Baldwin as Tony Bennett during the Celebrity Jeopardy on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images`)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: John Goodman attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Lance Bass attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Cuba Gooding Jr. attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Betty White attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Taboo walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: George Lucas walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Kristen Wiig walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Kevin Kline walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Cheri Oteri walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Alan Cumming walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Guest, Kyle Maclachlan walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Ed Norton, Shauna Robertson walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Bradley Cooper (L) and Chris Rock attend SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Sigourney Weaver walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Rudy Giuliani walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve Buscemi and guest walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Paul Feig walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Gabourey Sidibe walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Ludacris attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Jon Lovitz walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Timberlake, Billy Vrystal, and Jimmy Fallon walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Comedian Jimmy Fallon (L) and Justin Timberlake attend SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Garrett Morris walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Mike Coppola/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Whoopi Goldberg walks the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MacDonald went on a long Twitter story Wednesday night and explained Murphy's part was intended to be much bigger.
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