Eddie Murphy made his much-anticipated return to Saturday Night Live and didn’t disappoint especially during his monologue that has sparked a rift between Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy.
“But 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,” Murphy said. “Even I would have took that bet.”
“Who’s America’s dad now.”
Andrew Wyatt, a spokesman for Bill Cosby responded to the joke calling the SNL legend’s joke “disparaging” in a statement. “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,” Wyatt said in the statement.
Wyatt also called for a meeting with Murphy to discuss using their platforms for uplifting the Black community. Eddie Murphy has not responded to the statement.
Cosby is currently serving 3-10 years in prison for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand after more than 30 women came forward with similar stories against the ‘Fat Albert’ creator.
Despite criticism from Cosby’s camp, Eddie Murphy’s SNL return created a legendary moment with Tracy Morgan, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Kenan Thompson on stage together as some of the most championed Black comedians in American history.
Kevin Hart, who was mentioned in Wyatt’s statement and in Murphy’s monologue reposted the image embracing the comedic legends.