Why David Spade Regrets That Infamous SNL Joke About Eddie Murphy
When David Spade was on Saturday Night Live, he took a shot at Eddie Murphy during his “Hollywood Minute” segment, calling him a falling star and asking children to make a wish. Murphy, a former SNL cast member, was so offended that he screamed at Spade over the phone and didn’t return to the show for more than a decade. Now, Spade has opened up about what happened, admitting he actually regrets making the joke. Here’s what he had to say in a recent op ed:
Spade recently wrote about the experience over at Salon, noting that at the time, he was so happy just to have a popular segment on the show that he didn’t really care whose feelings he was hurting with the bit. He went on to say that some of the writers on the show were continually egging him on in terms of who to blast on the air, and Eddie Murphy just seemed like a prime candidate since he’d had a couple of flops in a row.
If you don't remember the clip in question, it takes a shot at a few unmemorable Murphy films, including Vampire in Brooklyn, which can't even be purchased (opens in new tab) on Blu-ray, if that tells you anything. You can check out the joke, below.
I honestly feel the Eddie Murphy joke is more innocuous than a few others that eventually appeared in the popular segment, but obviously Murphy didn’t take it that way. Instead, he called Spade up at 30 Rock and tore him a new asshole, telling Spade he was “off-limits” and a “dumb motherfucker,” according to Spade. However, the Joe Dirt 2 actor now says he does know where Murphy was coming from when the whole incident went down.
At this point, the two have let bygones be bygones, and Murphy even returned to Saturday Night Live for the 40th Anniversary special last season. Still, it’s an interesting look at how actions can affect relationships or even offend celebrities to the point they may be unwilling to return to host SNL or more.
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