Eddie Murphy Mentioned Will Smith’s Oscars Slap While Accepting The Cecil B. DeMille Award During The Golden Globes
Last night’s Golden Globes were a mixed bag of milestones and forgettable moments that will more than likely be upstaged by the Oscars in a few weeks. But one big moment was Eddie Murphy receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his longstanding career in comedy, cringeworthy cultural drag, and many other genres of note. And his acceptance speech was both inspirational and cautionary as he reminded everyone in the room that even now, you still need to keep Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s name out of your fuckin’ mouth if you want to last in the business as long as he has.
According to Deadline, Eddie’s speech wasn’t very long, which was a good thing since the entire ceremony was cutting into everyone’s after-hours drinking time. Following an introduction from Jamie Lee Curtis and Tracy Morgan, who reminded folks Eddie truly is Daddy Day Care since he has a million kids, Eddie took to the stage and thanked everyone he’s ever met during his forty-six years in the business. But it was his advice to the up-and-coming folks hoping to one day win a lifetime achievement award (spoiler: they won’t) that solidified what everyone was already thinking; Can we still talk shit about Will Smith this year? And the answer is HELL YES!
“I want to let you know that there is a definitive blueprint that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind,” he said. “There’s a blueprint and I followed it my whole career. It’s very simple.”
Murphy continued, “Just do these three things: Pay your taxes, mind your business and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out your f*cking mouth.”
Dammit, Eddie! The echoes of the slap had finally drifted away, and NOW you want to bring this mess up again? Host Jerrod Carmichael attempted a joke about Will earlier, but it was bad. So leave it to Eddie to take on the task of making sure his joke stuck its landing. And I’m guessing he did a quick survey of the room before saying it since Will could have easily zip lined from overhead and landed on Eddie with a back slap like the WWE. That probably would have made the show more interesting, but unfortunately, neither Will nor Chris Rock were invited to this year’s ceremony. But Eddie did address his joke and basically claimed it was okay for him to say it because he knows them all, and there won’t be any hard feelings. Entertainment Tonight reports:
After his soon-to-be-viral speech, Murphy sat down with ET’s Nischelle Turner and Kevin Frazier to explain why he name-dropped his A-List peers.
“Yeah, because in reality, I’ve worked with Jada,” Murphy said. “I love Will. I love Will, and I love Chris — and it’s all love.”
Translation “Will won’t slap me!” and I believe him. Hopefully, Will won’t be slapping anyone ever again, but on the day he receives his Lifetime achievement award when he’s 80, Chris will rush to the stage and knock Will to the ground with his walking stick. True revenge is a dish best served old.