Many stars — including Arsenio Hall, Tracy Morgan, Adam Sandler and Russell Brand — chimed in during Spike TV’s tribute to Eddie Murphy this weekend, hailing him as a ‘comic hero.’ But the highlight was the comedian’s duet with Stevie Wonder.
Murphy joined the subject of one of his most classic impressions for a rousing rendition of Wonder’s 1973 hit Higher Ground during taping of the TV special Eddie Murphy: One Night Only, set to air Nov. 14.
Jamie Foxx, Tyler Perry and Chris Rock were also among those honoring Murphy at the Saban Theater in L.A., The Associated Press reported.
Murphy beamed throughout the event Saturday, saying, “I don’t get touched easily, and I am really touched.”
The previous night, at Ebony magazine’s Power 100 Gala in New York, George Lucas spoke about selling his storied Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion. He may be done with Star Wars, but not with filmmaking. He said he was “very sad” to let Lucasfilm go but looks forward to making his “own little personal films” that he doubts will be for the theater crowd. He’s also excited about his educational foundation, which will benefit from the sale.