No surprise to Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby didn’t get in touch after Murphy impersonated the 79-year-old last year while accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center.
“Oh, no,” Murphy bluntly told Jimmy Kimmel this week was asked if Cosby reached out.
“I’m not frightened of Bill,” he added.
While accepting the prestigious comedy honor last year, Murphy mentioned Cosby, who is also a Mark Twain Award recipient. “He should do one show where he just come out and talk crazy now,” Murphy said, then turning on his Cosby impression that helped make him famous during his days on Saturday Night Live and later in his stand-up film Eddie Murphy: Raw. “I would like to talk to some of the people who feel that I should give back my motherf—ing trophies.”
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It was the first time in almost three decades Murphy did his Cosby impression since the latter was hit with multiple rape and sexual assault allegations; he will stand trial in Pennsylvania where he faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Murphy earlier in 2015 refused to portray Cosby in a “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch during the SNL 40th anniversary celebration, saying he would “not kick a man when he is down,” as recounted in tweets by fellow SNL alum Norm Macdonald. Via a spokesperson, Cosby later released a statement. “I am very appreciate of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” he told NBC.
See Murphy talk about Cosby and the potential of doing stand-up again in the video below.