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Eddie Murphy slams David Spade for ‘racist’ joke about him on ‘SNL’: ‘Cheap shot’




Eddie Murphy is rehashing his years-long feud with David Spade, calling out the comic over a joke the latter said about him on “Saturday Night Live” in 1995.

Spade, 59, quipped on the live comedy skit show at the time that Murphy’s career was failing after his film “Vampire in Brooklyn” had flopped at the box office.

“Look children, it’s a falling star. Make a wish,” the “Joe Dirt” star said on the “Weekend Update” segment.

Eddie Murphy posing with David Spade and Chris Rock.
Eddie Murphy said in a new interview that David Spade’s joke about him on “Saturday Night Live” that led to a fallout between the comics was “racist.” Eric Charbonneau
David Spade on "SNL."
“Look children, it’s a falling star. Make a wish,” Spade joked at the time. NBC/Saturday Night Live
David Spade on "SNL."
He made the joke after one of Murphy’s movies flopped at the box office. NBC/Saturday Night Live

“Most people that get off that show, they don’t go on and have these amazing careers. It was personal,” Murphy, 63, told the New York Times’ “The Interview” podcast Saturday of the diss.

“It was like, ‘Yo, how could you do that?’ My career? Really? A joke about my career? So I thought that was a cheap shot. And it was kind of, I thought — I felt it was racist.”

The “Coming To America” star — who was a regular cast member on “SNL” from 1980 to 1984 — said he was the “biggest thing that ever came off that show” and also called out producers for allowing the jab.


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Eddie Murphy holding a Golden Globe.
Murphy pointed out that he was the “biggest thing that ever came off” of “SNL.” Getty Images

“The show would have been off the air if I didn’t go back on the show, and now you got somebody from the cast making a crack about my career? And I know that he can’t just say that,” he added.

“A joke has to go through these channels. So the producers thought it was OK to say that. And all the people that have been on that show, you’ve never heard nobody make no joke about anybody’s career.”

Murphy previously took out his rage over the matter on both Spade and “SNL.”

Eddie Murphy in an "SNL" skit.
Murphy was a cast member on “SNL” from 1980 to 1984.

In his memoir, “Almost Interesting,” Spade wrote that Murphy called him, saying, “David Spade, who the f–k do you think you are?!!

“Honestly? Who. The. F–k. Going after ME?? You dumb motherf–ker! I’m off-limits, don’t you know that? You wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for me. Talking s–t about me??”

The “David Spade: Nothing Personal” comic admitted in his book that he felt terrible over what had occurred so he “took [his] beating.”

Murphy did not appear on “SNL” for more than 30 years after the bad joke but then finally returned to host again in 2019 with Dave Chapelle, Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan making guest appearances.

David Spade.
Spade wrote in his memoir about feeling he deserved a “beating” from Murphy over his joke. FilmMagic
Eddie Murphy.
Murphy said he has since made up with Spade and it’s “all good.” Getty Images for Netflix

“In the long run, it’s all good,” the “Nutty Professor” star told “The Interview.”

“Worked out great. I’m cool with David Spade. Cool with Lorne Michaels. I went back to ‘SNL.’ I’m cool with everybody. It’s all love.”

A rep for Spade did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.