Oooh, America’s dad and current jailbird Bill Cosby is not happy with Eddie Murphy, who hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend despite previous comments about never wanting to go on the show again.
A spokesman for Cosby had a lot to say about it, and at one point called Murphy a “Hollywood slave,” suggesting that it was only because Cosby broke race barriers so many years ago that comedians like Murphy, Kevin Hart (how’d he get dragged up into this?), and Dave Chappelle could even have careers.
Even from jail, Bill Cosby wants the last word.
Ignoring the Cosby aspect for half a second, we have to admit that Eddie Murphy kind of killed it on “SNL” this weekend – and it’s nice to see him back doing things that are honestly funny, which… has not been a trademark of his career lately.
Murphy was a cast member in the 80s, but refused to come back to the show after David Spade made a rude joke at Murphy’s expense in 1995. Murphy heavily blamed executive producer Lorne Michaels for allowing that joke to even make it to air, and wanted nothing to do with the show altogether.
During his return, Murphy brought back “Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood,” a parody of “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood,” where he poked fun at gentrification. He did a singing special making fun of “The Masked Singer,” and even returned as fan favorite “Gumby,” a grumpy, green piece of clay.
During Murphy’s opening monologue, he had a lot to say about his current “condition.” Eddie Murphy is getting old, after all – he is 58 already, and he has a total of ten children across several relationships. Which, whoa, first of all… whoa.
“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 took that bet.” Murphy said, to thunderous laughter in the crowd.
“Who is America’s Dad now?” he mocked in Cosby’s classic Cliff Huxtable voice.
Let’s be honest, you guys – Bill Cosby went to prison for a long time (he’s currently serving three to ten years) for doing a lot of not good things, which we really don’t have to hash out yet again.
But apparently, Cosby still feels that he has the moral high ground here, and let his spokesman Andrew Wyatt address the joke.
Wyatt said that it was Cosby who “broke color barriers in the entertainment industry” so that black comedians like Murphy could have a career.
The jokes were “disparaging,” he said, and he continued, “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.”
Uhm, what? Who says that? That’s approximately fourteen steps too far.
“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.”
Well, there you have it. America’s (jailed) Dad is mad, despite Murphy pulling major ratings for “SNL” and really putting on a great show.
You can’t please them all.