Legendary humour merchant, Eddie Murphy, is in an ecstatic mood as he just bagged his first Emmy Award in his career. This year’s nomination was Eddie Murphy’s first in 21 years.

People.com reports that on Saturday, the 59-year-old comedian was crowned the winner for his role as Saturday Night Live host.

This was the fifth Emmys nomination and first win for Murphy, who was nominated alongside Fred Willard (Modern Family), Adam Driver (Saturday Night Live), Dev Patel (Modern Love), Brad Pitt (Saturday Night Live) and Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel).

He was last nominated in 1999 for an outstanding animated program (for programming one hour or less) for Fox’s The PJs.

In December, Murphy reprised some of his most iconic SNL characters when he hosted the show for the first time in 35 years.

While receiving the award, the actor said, “Thank you to everybody at the Emmys. Thank you so much for giving me an Emmy. I don’t have an Emmy. This is 40 years since I started Saturday Night Live, this is my first Emmy, so thank you so much. I want to thank Lorne Michaels for putting this whole thing together and making this happen.

“And I want to thank, the cast, the writers and the crew at SNL. This was a very, very special thing for me to come back and have the show turn out the way it did. I’m still floating from it. And thank you to everybody for giving me an Emmy.”