Andrew Wyatt, a spokesman for Bill Cosby, fired back at Eddie Murphy following the comedian’s epic return to Saturday Night Live over the weekend, where Murphy made several jokes in regards to Bill Cosby, who is serving three to ten years in prison.
Wyatt criticized Murphy for the jokes, claiming that it was Cosby who “broke color barriers in the Entertainment Industry,” opening the door of opportunity for other African American comedians such as Murphy, Dave Chappelle, and Kevin Hart. Wyatt continued by saying, “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 compared his current point in life to Cosby’s, saying jokingly, “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,” he said to laughter, “even I would have took that bet.”
“Who is America’s Dad now?” Murphy added as he impersonated Cliff Huxtable, which was the popular character long portrayed by Cosby on his popular family sitcom.
Cosby was found guilty in April of 2018 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004.