Tituss Burgess had some time on Monday and let Andy Cohen have it! Following his appearance on Watch What Happen’s Live, Burgess took to social media to drag Cohen for what he presumed to be an “irrelevant” question about comedy legend Eddie Murphy.
Apparently Andy thought Burgess would have a good little “keke” with him about Murphy when he said he “was very problematic for the gays” earlier in his career, but Burgess wasn’t having it.
“She can be a messy queen! Yes I said it! Don’t care he knows either! He should remember his talk show isn’t an episode of the real housewives of Atlanta,” the Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt actor wrote.
“It’s a place where artists come to talk about art and have a little fun. NOT a place to rehash old rumors or bring a star negative press,” he continued. “Sunday was a display of ratchet behavior by a well connected man having a blatant disregard for one of his guests.”
“If only time were taken to know who I am and not assuming that I am the character I play on tv, he would know how to conduct a proper interview with at all,” the post went on. “I received 4 Emmy nominations for acting! NOT for being my self. He was lucky I had my wits and Christian values THAT day. Always keep it classy. Being friends with other talented celebrities doesn’t make you talented it makes you friends with other famous celebrities! He should rip a page from Anderson Cooper and learn how to do his job.”
Burgess is slated to star opposite Murphy in the upcoming flick “Dolemite Is My Name” about the life of famed blaxploitation actor Rudy Ray Moore.
During Sunday’s episode, Cohen first asked Tituss if Murphy was “cool to work with.” The actor’s response: “He was wonderful to work with. He is a brilliant man and I’m so excited for the younger generation who do not know Eddie Murphy, will learn why he is the legend that he is.”
“I just wonder if you got close at all, because he was very problematic for the gays at one point when I was coming up,” Cohen then said.
“Oh I see, he wasn’t problematic for Tituss and we had a wonderful time,” he responded. “We talked about ‘Dreamgirls’ and he should have won the Oscar I believe. He was great, any troubles he may have had with gay people I guess are gone, because he loved me.”
Burgess, who appeared visibily pissed, then made a comment to someone off-camera. Cohen asked what he said, and Tituss then told him, “Keep going girl, do your show.” Fellow guest Laverne Cox also said Murphy’s past comments were made “a long time ago, people can evolve.”
COHEN V. MURPHY
This however is not Cohen’s first time discussing Murohy and his past comments about gays. In his 2012 memoir, Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Line of Pop Culture, Cohen wrote about being traumatized while watching Murphy “ridiculing gay people” during a stand-up show in 1985.
Murphy has apologized for his past jokes about AIDS aimed at the gay community.
“Just like the rest of the world, I am more educated about AIDS in 1996 than I was in 1981,” he added at the time, “I think it is unfair to take the words of a misinformed 21-year-old and apply them to an informed 35-year- old man.”
“I know how serious an issue AIDS is the world over. I know that AIDS isn’t funny,” his statement continued. “It’s 1996 and I’m a lot smarter about AIDS now.”
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