Eddie Murphy ‘SNL’ Joke Sparks Bill Cosby Feud: ‘Who’s America’s Dad Now?’

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Actor Eddie Murphy is pictured Nov. 6, 2019. Photo: AFP/Angela Weiss

By Kasey Fox

Eddie Murphy made a joke at the expense of Bill Cosby during his return to “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend that didn’t sit well with the latter’s spokesperson. The spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, reminded Murphy and viewers of Cosby’s comedy career.

Murphy’s “SNL” joke poked fun at the obvious subversion of expectations, where Cosby was once seen as one of the most wholesome family-oriented comedians of his time, prior to the surfacing sexual assault allegations. He even had the nickname of “America’s dad.”

“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 in his “SNL” opening monologue.

Murphy finished his joke off with an accurate Cosby impression, stating: “Who is America’s dad now?”

yatt didn’t take too kindly to the statement, deciding to inform Murphy that Cosby “broke color barriers in the Entertainment Industry,” according to CNN. 

Cosby is currently serving three to 10 years in prison on three counts of indecent aggravated assault. He was found guilty in April 2018 and in a Pennsylvania court recently, his conviction was upheld. Meanwhile, Murphy has recently come back to Hollywood following a several year hiatus. Not only has he returned to “SNL” to host, but he also returned to the spotlight to star in films like “Dolemite Is My Name and “Coming 2 America.”

Wyatt’s statement commented on Murphy’s return: “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.”

Murphy’s representatives had yet to respond to Wyatt’s comments at press time.

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