Eddie Murphy made his triumphant return to Saturday Night Live last weekend. While it’s been a long time since his last appearance on the long-running sketch show’s stage, the comedian didn’t miss his mark.
The Dolemite is My Name actor was greeted with warm applause and standing ovation the moment he hit the stage for his opening monologue. Some pretty meaningful mentions were made including Bill Cosby.
The disgraced comedian formerly referred to as “America’s Dad” is currently in jail. Last year, he was convicted for committing aggravated indecent assault in 2018. Cosby is known for disapproving Murphy’s use of profanity in his comedy.
Kicking off his monologue, Murphy mentioned that his tenth child was born last year.
“My kids are pretty much my whole life now, 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 taken that bet,” the comedian said prior to breaking into a Cosby impression.
“Who is America’s Dad, now?”
Cosby didn’t take the dig lightly. He seemed to be quite irked about the parody after his spokesman released a statement reacting to Murphy’s monologue.
“It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby,” Cosby’s PR representative, Andrew Wyatt said, as per Entertainment Tonight.
“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.”