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Eddie Murphy’s ‘SNL’ Return Sparks Debate Over Kenan Thompson, Bill Cosby



The prodigal son returned to “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend — and by that we mean Eddie Murphy took his talents back to the late night comedy sketch show that helped launch his career over 30 years ago.

Murphy hadn’t returned to ‘SNL’ since he left in 1984 and this was only his second time hosting — he took over hosting duties in 1982 when he became the first person to ever host while being a cast member.

Saturday night’s episode was as iconic as Murphy himself. The opening monologue brought together comedic legends Tracy Morgan, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, and current cast member Kenan Thompson. However, it was the addition of the latter, that caused some controversy … especially when people began tweeting a photo without him in it.

Folks took this as a slight against Thompson, although later this user in particular stated he posted his pic before Kenan came out. But regardless, folks began standing up for him, and his comedic genius, in droves…

And Kenan, was very appreciative of the love.

However, that wasn’t the only moment of controversy. Murphy also ruffled Bill Cosby’s feathers when he stated this during his monologue…

Of course, criminal Cosby was mad and released this statement via his spokesman calling Murphy a “Hollywood slave”:

But, as Loni Love and others pointed out, Cosby started it first!

See Murphy’s full opening monologue below.

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