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Eddie Murphy Recounts Bill Cosby Viewing Him as a ‘Threat’ in the ’80s

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Eddie Murphy arrives at the World Premiere Of Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Candy Cane Lane’ held at the Regency Village Theatre on November 28, 2023, in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

*Eddie Murphy claims Bill Cosby viewed him as a “threat” in the comedy space and “gave him a hard time” in the 80s.

“Bill Cosby gave me a hard time,” Murphy said on a recent episode of The New York TimesThe Interview podcast with host David Marchese, PEOPLE reports. 

According to Murphy, Cosby took issue with the foul language he used in his stand-up comedy routines.

“Language was the way he could come at it,” said Murphy. “It wasn’t so much language; it was the times that we were in. This is back when it was, you know, one Black person at a time was getting in the mix.”

Murphy also debunked the myth that he and the late comedian Richard didn’t get along.

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Eddie Murphy and Bill Cosby / Depositphotos

“When I come on the scene, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby were like, ‘Oh, this is the new s— that’s coming up?’ If there’s a new thing coming on, that’s a threat to whatever their thing is,” explained Murphy. “That’s what Bill Cosby had.”

Murphy noted that Pryor “could look at me and see I was, ‘Oh, he’s my reflection, and that kid’s trying to be like me.’ So he wasn’t threatened.”

Cosby, however, had a different opinion. He was like, “’Is this the new way it’s gonna be now? They’re gonna be onstage grabbing their d— and talking all crazy?’” Murphy revealed. 

“So he could come at me with ‘Oh, the language!’ when it was more: ‘It’s one at a time, and is this the new guy who’s gonna knock me out of the spot?’ That’s what was going on back then,” Murphy shared. 

Murphy’s latest film, “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel OF,” is now on Netflix.

READ MORE FROM EURWEB.COM: Eddie Murphy Slams David Spade Over ‘Racist’ Joke About His Movie Flop 

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