Bill Cosby's rep slams Eddie Murphy as a 'Hollywood slave' who 'sold himself' while betraying African Americans after star hit out at imprisoned ex-icon during SNL monologue
Nicole Murphy is here for none of the slander against her former husband and baby daddy, Eddie Murphy and not so politely shaded Bill Cosby for statements he made about her ex.
Her words come after Bill Cosby's spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, released a statement calling the Nutty Professor actor a "Hollywood slave" after Murphy poked fun at him during his recent hosting of SNL.
"That's unfortunate," Nicole told TMZ after being asked about Cosby's statement. "But you know – look who's in jail and look who's not."
"My kids are actually pretty much my whole life now," said Murphy on the SNL stage during his monologue. "And you know what—if you told me thirty years ago that I would be this boring, stay-at-home, you know, house dad, and Bill Cosby would be in jail? Even I would have taken that bet. Who is America's dad now?"
TMZ then asked whether Murphy should take over Cosby's former moniker, "America's Dad."
"I don't know if he's America's Dad 'cause there's a lot of great fathers out there as well, but I know he's a wonderful dad, so I'm going to give him the trophy for myself," she said.
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Andrew Wyatt, Bill Cosby's publicist, was frequently seen alongside the now-disgraced entertainer during his sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania last year
Wyatt posted a statement on Cosby's Instagram in which he assailed Eddie Murphy for his monologue on Saturday Night Live
The 58-year-old legend Murphy opened Saturday night's show by talking about his 10 kids and getting a joke off about Cosby in the process
'If you would have told me 30 years ago I would be a boring stay-at-home house dad, and Bill Cosby would be in jail, I would have took that bet,’ Murphy said
Murphy then broke out his uncanny imitation of Cosby, exclaiming: ‘Who is America's dad now?’
It was an apparent dig at a bit from Murphy's 1987 concert film 'Eddie Murphy Raw' where the comedian told of a time when Cosby berated him about cussing
Wyatt said in his statement that Murphy and other black comedians, including Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart, owed their success to Cosby
Chappelle, Chris Rock, and Tracy Morgan joined Murphy on stage during the SNL monologue
Bill Cosby’s spokesperson blasted Eddie Murphy as a ‘Hollywood slave’ who betrayed African-Americans and ‘sold himself’ after the Shrek funnyman mocked the now-disgraced and incarcerated comedian during his return to Saturday Night Live.
Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist who was seen at the comedian’s side during his recent rape trial, released a statement on Instagram on Sunday accusing Murphy of betraying African Americans just to gain approval from a white audience.
Wyatt said Murphy and other black comics owe their careers to Cosby, who is currently serving a three-to-10-year prison sentence in a Pennsylvania facility after he was convicted last year of aggravated indecent assault.
‘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 Chappelle [sic], Kevin Hart and et al., could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come,’ Wyatt said in a statement.
A spokesperson for disgraced actor-comedian Bill Cosby (left) lashed out at Eddie Murphy (right) after Murphy made a joke about the convicted sex offender during his Saturday Night Live monologue over the weekend
The statement which was posted to Cosby's Instagram account was written by Andrew Wyatt, the fallen star's publicist
Wyatt was frequently seen at Cosby's side during the entertainer's sexual assault trial in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, last year
‘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.’
Cosby, who was once one of America’s most beloved entertainers, has seen his reputation destroyed after more than 60 women came forward and accused him of a number of sex crimes, including rape, assault, and battery.
He has proclaimed his innocence.
During his monologue on the NBC variety show on Saturday night, Murphy noted the irony of him being a doting father to 10 children while Cosby, who cultivated a decades-long image a devoted family man, was in prison.
'I actually have 10 kids now,' he said to applause during the NBC broadcast from the SNL studio in Rockefeller Center on Saturday night.
'Eleven if you count Kevin Hart.'
Murphy continued: 'I love Kevin Hart so much but my kids are my whole life now.
'And 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 then broke out his uncanny imitation of Cosby, exclaiming: ‘Who is America's dad now?’
The joke drew roars of laughter from the studio audience.
It was an apparent dig at a bit from Murphy's 1987 concert film 'Eddie Murphy Raw' where the comedian told of a time when Cosby called him and berated him about cussing in his act.
According to Murphy, Cosby blasted his parenting skills and called him out as being a bad role model to his kids.
Wyatt did not think Murphy's SNL dig was funny.
He accused Murphy of selling out his race by attacking Cosby just to endear himself to white audiences.
‘Stepin Fetchit plus c*****g equals the destruction of Black Men in Hollywood,’ Wyatt wrote.
Stepin Fetchit is the stage name of Lincoln Perry, a 1930s-era vaudeville actor who became the first black film star in Hollywood.
Perry frequently portrayed characters who were dimwitted, lazy, bumbling, and inept. While he achieved commercial success, Perry’s work is blamed for perpetuating negative stereotypes about African Americans.
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The term ‘c*****g,’ which is derived from a racial slur, is a pejorative word describing a self-hating African American who debased himself by seeking to entertain white people in order to attempt to win their acceptance.
Wyatt continued: ‘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.’
Cosby’s rep then suggested getting together with Murphy for a ‘meeting of the minds’ so that they could ‘discuss how we can use our collective platforms to enhance Black people rather than bringing all of us down together.’
Wyatt ended the statement with the hashtags #NotFunnySNL #SNL #FarFromFinished #FreeBillCosby #BillCosby.
Murphy's first appearance as host of SNL since he left the show's cast 35 years ago was a memorable one.
During his monologue, he was joined on stage by SNL alums Tracy Morgan and Chris Rock as well as Dave Chappelle and current cast member Kenan Thompson - all of whom offered their own two hilarious cents.
The Coming to America superstar was announcing his upcoming sequel and recent Netflix film 'Dolemite is my Name' when Morgan came out on stage.
The two joked about a supposed sketch Morgan sent Murphy for the show before the Brooklyn comedian praised the show host.
Murphy was soon joined by Tracy Morgan (far left); Dave Chappelle (second from left); and Chris Rock (far right)
'Whatever you need, I got your back,' Morgan told Murphy.
'If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be here. Like, like literally. I was conceived on the "Delirious" tour bus.'
'I don't know if that math works out,' Murphy retorted.
Rock came out next and bragged about how he was there because his kids 'love Lizzo,' who was performing later on in the evening.
He also joked with Murphy about giving the comedian a Law and Order: SVU UTI sketch' for SNL.
'Instead of Ice T, it's cranberry juice,' Rock offered.
Chappelle lit up a cigarette while on the stage, in an apparent jab to Simon Cowell
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But Murphy clearly wasn't a fan and declared: 'That sounds kind of nasty for a Christmas show.'
Chappelle was the last to come out of the legendary group, and he too joked about offering a sketch to Murphy.
He then told the host that he followed his 'blueprint' for his career.
'I became the biggest star I could on television and then I quit,' Chappelle said to laughter.
That joke was a reference to Chappelle's critically acclaimed Comedy Central sketch show which catapulted him into stardom more than 15 years ago.
Chappelle's Show ran on the cable channel for three seasons beginning in 2003, but it ended after Chappelle, who had signed a $50million deal to continue filming, mysteriously flew to a psychiatric facility in South Africa.
During the SNL monologue, one of the group asked when was the last time they all got together.
Someone offered that they were last together 'last Thursday at Sinbad's house.'
The group continued with their monologue and closed out the scene before Murphy appeared in a hilarious sketch about gentrification and playing off 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'
'You're looking at half of Netflix's budget,' Chappelle said to the group, to which Morgan quickly corrected the masses.
Murphy, Rock, and Chappelle all have deals with Netflix for stand-up and movie specials.
'Not me, not me,' Morgan said. 'I made all my money on the road.'
Murphy said: 'You mean from touring, right?'
Morgan quickly retorted: 'No, I got hit by a truck.'
The group continued with their monologue and closed out the scene before Murphy appeared in a hilarious sketch about gentrification and playing off 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.'
The skit paid homage to one Murphy did while with the show as a cast member under the name 'Mister Robinson'.
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'My neighborhood has gone through so much. It has gone through something called gentrification,' Murphy said in the sketch.
He later added: 'It's like a magic trick. White people pay a lot of money and then poof! All the black people are gone. But where do they go, boys and girls? Back to where they come from, of course. Atlanta.'
Murphy as Mister Robinson talks about Squatter's rights before calling his white neighbors 'racist' when they ask if he stole their TV.
The sketch closes out with Mister Robinson exiting the home when he gets a visit from his son, who used a DNA kit to find out more about his father's identity.
Eddie Murphy was back hosting "Saturday Night Live" for the first time in 35 years this weekend, so it may be understandable he was a bit rusty when it comes to what you can or can't say on national television.
The "SNL" alum -- who many credit with singlehandedly reviving the program during the early 1980s -- accidentally let a curse word slip through his lips on the live broadcast Saturday night.
During a segment called the "Holiday Baking Championship," he was heard saying, "We can still win this sh--."
Murphy was then seen putting his hand over his mouth in good fun, following the slip of the tongue.
Eddie Murphy is seen at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 6, 2016. (Associated Press)
During his monologue, Murphy also poked fun at how perceptions of himself and Bill Cosby have changed dramatically over the past three decades.
"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," Murphy said.
"Who is America's dad now?" he added to the delight of the studio audience in New York City.
"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?"
— Eddie Murphy
The comedian's return also included revivals of "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood," and his Gumby, Buckwheat and Velvet Jones characters, Variety reported.
Murphy was a castmember on "SNL" from 1980 to 1984 but distanced himself from the program after comedian David Spade made a joke about his movie career back in 1995, saying, "Look, children, it's a falling star!"Rolling Stone magazine reported.
His triumphant reunion performance saw other comedians -- including Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle -- join him onstage during his monologue, while the audience was heard shouting "Eddie! Eddie!" The musical guest was Lizzo.
“This is the last episode of 2019,” he said, “but if you’re black, it’s the first episode since I left in 1984.”
Showing a photo of himself from back then, he said, “You know what they say: Money don’t crack.”
All 10 of his kids flew to New York City to witness his iconic reunion performance.
Eddie talks about growing up in Brooklyn, getting into street fights, doing ventriloquism as a kid, Jimmy going to his house for a party, returning to stand-up comedy, the great reviews and Oscar buzz he’s getting for his new movie Dolemite Is My Name, and hosting SNL for the first time in 35 years.