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Bill Cosby Rep Upset at Eddie Murphy Over 'SNL' Jokes

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By Gary Trock

Eddie Murphy's return to "Saturday Night Live" after 35 years was epic on many levels, but after the comedian used the stage to make Bill Cosby the butt of his jokes, the disgraced comedian's camp is firing back at the star. Murphy mentioned 82-year-old Cosby during his opening monologue on "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?" he asked to a huge round of applause.

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Andre Wyatt, the spokesperson for Bill Cosby, issued a statement on Sunday in response to Murphy's monologue joke.

"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."

Possible Meeting?

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Wyatt also recommends a meeting between Murphy and Cosby, so that the two stars can work on using their "collective platforms" for good, rather than negativity.

"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."

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The shot at Cosby by Murphy is a followup to one of his classic bits during his legendary stand-up special, "Raw." In the 1987 feature, the "Lethal Weapon" star explains how he received a call from Bill Cosby, who scolded him for his vulgar jokes and lifestyle and urged him to clean up his act and serve as a better role model.

Murphy talked about how angry he was until he called his buddy Richard Pryor, who had some words of advice, in only a way that he could put it.

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