During Eddie Murphy’s historic return to “SNL” he took a jab at Bill Cosby during the opening monologue.
“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, even I wouldn’t have taken that bet. Who’s America’s dad now?” Murphy said.
It turns out Cosby was not impressed by Murphy’s sense of humour.
In a statement released by Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt on Sunday, he calls out Murphy for selling “himself back to being a Hollywood Slave.”
The full statement reads, “Mr. Cosby became the first Black to win an Emmy for his role in ‘I Spy’ and Mr. Cosby broke colour 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. 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.”
Cosby has been accused of a number of sexual assault claims, although he has always maintained his innocence. In 2018, he was found guilty of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to serve three to 10 years in state prison. He has since appealed the case but was rejected as the trial judge has allowed another five accusers testify.
ET Canada has reached out to both Murphy and “SNL” for comment.