The publicist for Bill Cosby slams Eddie Murphy As Hollywood Slave After SNL Return
The publicist for Bill Cosby responded back at Eddie Murphy after the comedian made jokes about Bill Cosby’s incarceration during his Saturday Night Live appearance. Murphy who launched his career on the show, and hosted for the first time in 35 years — used his opening monologue to take aim at his fellow comedian .
Murphy compared his current situation to Cosby’s, who’s serving three to 10 years in prison after being found guilty in April 2018 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004.
“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 to laughter, “even I would have took that bet.” “Who is America’s Dad now?” Murphy added, impersonating Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable, the sitcom character who was once often referred to as America’s Dad.
In a statement released Sunday, Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt shared a lengthy post on Cosby’s instagram criticizing Murphy for the jokes, saying it was Cosby who “broke color barriers in the Entertainment Industry” so that Murphy and other comedians like Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart could perform.
“It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby,” the statement said. “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.” Fetchit was a character made famous by actor Lincoln Perry, who is now considered by many to be America’s first African American film star for his portrayal of the lazy, shiftless “Stepin Fetchit” character, that viewed through a modern lens is considered by many to be painfully racist.
Murphy and Cosby have had a volatile relationship since the 1980s, when Cosby lectured Murphy for his comic use of profanity. This past summer, Murphy also told Jerry Seinfeld in an episode of the show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee that he felt Cosby had unfairly targeted him earlier in his career, calling his behavior “mean” and noting that he had criticized Murphy for foul language.