Eddie Murphy’s return to “Saturday Night Live” after 35 years was indeed on the epic scale. But one comedian in particular was not feeling being the butt of Murphy’s jokes and is firing back at the star.
Murphy mentioned 82-year-old Bill Cosby during his opening monologue on “SNL.”
Murphy via SNL:
“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 … I would have took that bet. Who is America’s dad now?”
Andre Wyatt, spokesperson for Bill Cosby, issued an official statement this past Sunday in response to Murphy’s monologue skit.
“Mr. Cosby became the first Black to win an Emmy for his role in I Spy and Mr. Cosby broke color barriers in the Entertainment Industry, so that Blacks like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell, Kevin Hart and et al., could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come. It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby. One would think that Mr. Murphy was given his freedom to leave the plantation, so that he could make his own decisions; but he decided to sell himself back to being a Hollywood Slave. Stepin Fetchit plus cooning equals the destruction of Black Men in Hollywood.”
Wyatt recommends Murphy and Cosby to have a sit down meeting, so that they can work on using their “collective platforms” for good things, rather than negative.
“Remember, Mr. Murphy, that Bill Cosby became legendary because he used comedy to humanize all races, religions and genders; but your attacking Mr. Cosby helps you embark on just becoming click bait. Hopefully, you will be amenable to having a meeting of the minds conversation, in order to discuss how we can use our collective platforms to enhance Black people rather than bringing all of us down together.”
For those who don’t remember this is not the first time time Murphy went after Cosby in one of his comedy bits.
The first shot taken at Cosby by Murphy was a followup to one of his classic bits during the legendary stand-up special, “Raw.” There Murphy explained how he received a call from Bill Cosby, who tried to check him for his vulgar jokes and lifestyle and urged him to clean up his act to serve as a better role model.
Murphy spoke about how angry this made him until he received a call from Richard Pryor, who had some words of advice, in only a way that Richard could put it. Take a walk down memory lane below:
Is Cosby just mad that Murphy didn’t bring back his character?!
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