Following his re-appearance on SNL last week, Eddie Murphy sat down with CBS for an interview during which he answered questions about his comeback, his homophobia and other problematic aspects of his standup comedy back in the 70s and 80s, and what's in store for the future.
On his homophobic jokes in the past, he says:
"Some of it, I cringe when I watch," [...] "I'm like, oh my God, I can't believe I said that!"
"I've seen stuff that I'll go, like, oh, that's, ooh, yeah, you'll get a joke that's cringey. But that's not to say that I don't appreciate it. I still appreciate it. And I'm looking at it within the context of the times, you know. And I'm going, okay, I'm a kid, saying that."
In 1988, he called out the Academy for its lack of diversity while presenting an award. Regarding the aftermath of his speech, he says, "There was no mention – it was almost like I wasn't at the awards that night. The next day, there was no mention of it in the papers. Not a blip. And there were no pictures of me at the Oscars."
In his speech, he had said, "I'm going to give this award, black people will not ride the caboose of society and we're not going to bring up the rear any more."
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Regarding the future, he says that he has a "standup special" in the works.
ONTD, are you looking forward to Eddie Murphy's comeback?