While making his return to SNL after 35 years away from the famed comedy sketch show on Saturday (December 21), Eddie called out Bill — who is currently serving three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault — in his opening monologue. "If you told me 30 years ago that I'd be this boring stay-at-home house dad and Bill Cosby would be in jail, even I wouldn't have took that bet," Eddie said. He then mimicked Bill's infamous Cliff Huxtable voice, saying, "Who is America's dad now?"
While the joke got the laughs of the audience, Bill's team was not laughing. Late Sunday evening (December 22), Bill's publicist Andrew Wyatt took to the disgraced comedian's Instagram to respond to Eddie's jab, writing. "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," he added. "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," Andrew continued. "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."
As fans know, Bill and Eddie have feuded for decades. Back in 1987, Eddie claimed that Bill scolded him for "being too dirty" on stage. And in a recent episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Eddie told fellow comic Jerry Seinfeld, "[Bill] wasn't nice... He was sh*tty with me."
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