Eddie Murphy returned to Saturday Night Live over the weekend for the first time in 35 years and fans cheered as he brought back old characters such as Buckwheat and Gumby and shared some of his best jokes. Not everyone was cheering though, following Murphy’s appearance. Bill Cosby and his publicist were not happy with the jokes Eddie told about Bill during his performance.
Eddie began his monologue talking about being a dad. “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 woulda took that bet. Who is America’s dad now?!” he said.
Andrew Wyatt, Bill’s publicist, took to Instagram to share his statement on Bill Cosby’s account.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
The statement concluded with an invitation for the men to meet and discuss the event. “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.”
And lest we forgot, Bill is currently serving time after being found guilty on three felony counts of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.