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A Triumphant Return To SNL

Eddie Murphy returned to Saturday Night Live 35 years after his time as a cast member to host one of the best episodes of the season. Fans loved seeing Murphy reprise classic characters like Mr. Robinson and Gumby, and he brought energy and gravitas to the 30 Rock stage.

During his monologue, Murphy admitted that he was a little surprised at where he had ended up in life, becoming a dedicated father.

"If you would have told me 30 years ago that I would become this boring, stay at home house dad and Bill Cosby would be in jail, even I would have took that bet."

He continued with another shot at Cosby, saying "Who is America’s Dad now?"

Cosby is currently serving a prison sentence of 3-10 years after sexually assaulting over 60 women.

Cosby Was Not Amused

After Murphy's funny and well pointed shade, Cosby's rep Andrew Wyatt released a statement on the disgraced comedian's behalf. The statement focused on Cosby's accomplishments, conveniently leaving out the deeds that landed him in prison.

"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."

Serious Claims

Wyatt's message continued, likening Murphy to Stepin Fetchit, the stage name of actor Lincoln Perry, who became the face of racist cliches in the 1930s and 1940s.

"One would think that Mr. Murphy was given his freedom to leave the plantation, so that eh 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 Balck 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 platforms to enhance Black people rather than bringing all of us down together. "

Not Their Only Beef

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This is not the first time the two have had beef. In his iconic stand up special, Raw, Murphy mentioned how Cosby had harangued him for using obscenity in his comedy.

"I sat and listened to this man chastise me. When Bill Cosby chastises you, you forget you are grown and you feel like one of his kids on The Cosby Show."

Murphy also referenced this incident in a 2019 episode of Netflix's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, saying:

"It was mean. He’d tell me not to talk about how much money I was making and that I should see his shows to learn from him."

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