Cosby’s publicist had some harsh words for Murphy’s monologue.
While most metrics (including, you know, ratings) would suggest that Eddie Murphy‘s return to Saturday Night Live was nothing short of a blockbuster, the camp of a disgraced comedic forefather begs to differ. Namely, that of Bill Cosby, who is currently serving out the remainder of his three-to-ten year sentence for aggravated indecent assault.
Cosby’s publicist and paid apologist, Andrew Wyatt, shared a scathing statement on the comedian’s Instagram account (which he definitely manages,) blasting Murphy’s monologue, which took a few jabs at Cosby’s expense. “It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby,” reads Wyatt’s statement. It goes on to charge Murphy with being a “Hollywood Slave” and chasing clicks. Wyatt’s statement closes with an invitation to meet and “discuss how we can use our collective platforms to enhance Black people rather than bringing all of us down together.”
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During his monologue, Murphy revived his impression of the incarcerated comedian, joking that if someone asked him to bet on whether he’d be the stay-at-home dad and Cosby would be the one in jail 30 years down the line, he would’ve taken it.
You can read Andrew Wyatt’s full statement below.
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Bill Cosby’s Publicist, Andrew Wyatt, responds to Eddie Murphy’s SNL Monologue: “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 Chappell, Kevin Hart and et al., could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come. 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. Stepin Fetchit plus cooning equals the destruction of Black Men in Hollywood. 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. 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.” #NotFunnySNL #SNL #FarFromFinished #FreeBillCosby #BillCosby