Eddie Murphy recalls that John Belushi and Robin Williams allegedly offered him coke


Eddie Murphy has alleged comedians John Belushi and Robin Williams once offered him coke in the 80s – but he declined and he's grateful for that.

“I remember I was 19, I went to a blues bar. There was me, Belushi and Robin Williams,” he recalled on The New York Times' “The Interview” podcast, published Saturday. “He started doing coke, and I thought, 'No, I'm fine.'”

The 63-year-old “Beverly Hills Cop” star said he turned down the alleged offer because he wasn't interested in taking the drug.

Eddie Murphy claimed on The New York Times' “The Interview” podcast that comedians John Belushi and Robin Williams offered him coke in the '80s. Getty Images for Niche Imports
He said he declined because he had no interest in it. Getty Images for Netflix
“God was watching over me at that time,” he said. Getty Images

“I wasn't taking a moral stand. I just wasn't interested,” Murphy said. “Not having the desire or the curiosity, I would say, was the grace of God. God was looking at me at that moment.”

The “Nutty Professor” star described the rise and fall of several stars, including Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Belushi and Williams, as “cautionary tales.”

Belushi died of a heroin overdose in 1982 at the age of 33, while Williams committed suicide in 2014 at the age of 63. The King of Pop and the King of Rock n Roll also had untimely and unexpected deaths.

Murphy said he views the rapid rise and fall of various stars as “cautionary tales.” Getty Images
He argued that being so famous that you can get whatever you want can be dangerous. CBS via Getty Images

“When you become famous at a very young age, especially as a black artist, it's like living in a minefield. At any moment something can happen that can destroy everything,” Murphy told the New York Times. “It felt like everything was happening and I was completely oblivious.”

He said, “Now, at this age, I can look back and say, 'Wow, I lived in a landmine for 35 years.' How can you live in a landmine for 35, 40 years? Something must be watching you.”

Murphy has been in the business for decades, getting his start at age 19 on “Saturday Night Live.”

Despite reaching a level of fame that had the world at his fingertips, he confirmed that he never drank alcohol and only tried marijuana at the age of 30.

Belushi died of a heroin overdose at the age of 33. Getty Images
Williams committed suicide in 2014 after suffering from depression. Getty Images

In the same interview with the Times, Murphy also talked about his years-long feud with David Spade, which began when Spade joked during a 1995 episode of “Saturday Night Live” that his career was coming to an end.

“It was like, 'Yo, how could you do that?' My Career? Really? Joke My “How’s your career going?” he recalled asking.

“So I thought it was a cheap poke. And it was, in a way, I felt — I felt it was racist.”


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