Comedian Eddie Murphy returned to “Saturday Night Live” for the first time in 35 years, but not everyone was laughing during his opening monologue.
Murphy opened the show with a joke about Bill Cosby, saying “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 woulda took that bet. Who is America’s dad now?!”
Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist issued a statement Sunday night after the show aired.
“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,” Wyatt said.
“It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby,” Wyatt continued.
The statement was posted on Cosby’s official Instagram account.
Murphy has not responded to the statement from Cosby’s publicist.