Having Eddie Murphy back on "Saturday Night Live" helped produce one of the most watchable episodes the show has had in years. Murphy used to be one of the show's stars, and he turned in a memorable performance when he returned to the show over the weekend.
"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," Murphy said, adding in Cosby’s voice, "Who is America’s dad now?"
As you might be able to imagine, that comment did not play particularly well with Cosby's team. On the official Instagram account for "The Cosby Show" star, who is currently serving a 10-year sentence for sexual assault, hit back at Eddie Murphy.
"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," Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's publicist, wrote. "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."
In fact, the history between the two comedians stretches back decades. In Murphy's standup special "Eddie Murphy Raw," he tells a story about Cosby calling him to berate him about using swear words and other inappropriate language. According to Cosby, Murphy was acting like a bad role model.
Obviously, that particular story hasn't aged well, which is part of what Murphy was commenting on. Cosby doesn't have a lot of room left to say much of anything about anyone else's behavior.
"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," Wyatt continued in his note.
Whatever you think of Eddie Murphy, it's pretty hard to side with Bill Cosby or anyone who associates themselves with him at the point. It may have been best to just let this one go instead of trying to get defensive.