Published Dec 23, 2019Eddie Murphy made his triumphant return to Saturday Night Live over the weekend, bringing plenty of classic characters back with him. He also made a dig at disgraced comedian Bill Cosby in his opening monologue, a move that did not sit well with Cosby's camp.
In his opening monologue, Murphy discussed life as a father of 10 children. "My kids are pretty much my whole life now, 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 would have taken that bet," Murphy said.
Then, in a pitch-perfect Cosby voice, he said, "Who is America's Dad, now?"
In a statement released on Sunday, Cosby's PR representative Andrew Wyatt said the following:
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 and his team were just about the only people who didn't like the episode, however. Read our glowing review of the show here.