Chris Rock was only 8 when "Saturday Night Live" made its raucous debut. Now, people are asking him if he's haunted by the ghost of Eddie Murphy.

Rock appeared unruffled Tuesday when the Murphy question came up during a New York news conference to introduce him and another new cast member."Eddie's still alive, ain't he?" Rock asked.

Rock, 23, a standup comedian since age 18, went on to say he would bring his own perspective to the new season of the late-night NBC variety show that first went on the air in 1975.