Eddie Murphy still gets hurt by David Spade's 'Saturday Night Live' joke

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Eddie Murphy is reflecting on some of the “cheap hits” he's taken over the years.

The Oscar-nominated actor and comedian — whose new film, “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” hits Netflix next week — was asked in an interview with The New York Times if he feels he has been treated unfairly by the press and his peers over the past few years.

“Back in the day, they treated me really rudely, and a lot of it was racist,” Murphy said.

After mentioning that it was “a completely different world” when he was growing up in the 1980s, Murphy gave an example of “when David Spade said this crap about my career on 'SNL.'”

The segment from the December 1995 episode in which Spade reviewed the year-by-year during the “Hollywood Minute” included a photo of Murphy to which Spade commented, “Look kids, it's a shooting star. Make a wish.” Murphy told the Times the joke came after his film “Vampire in Brooklyn” flopped at the box office.

“It was like: 'Yo, this is an in-house thing! I'm a family member, and you're messing with me like that?' It hurt my feelings,” Murphy said.

He became a star as a main cast member of “SNL” between 1980 and 1984 and is often cited as the reason the show was saved from closure at one point.

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Eddie Murphy and Chevy Chase during the “Weekend Update” segment of an April 1981 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

“The producers thought it was okay to say that. Of all the people that have been on that show, you never hear anybody joke about anybody's career. Most people that come out of that show don't go on and have these great careers. It was personal,” Murphy said later. “It was like, 'Yo, how could you do that?' My career? Really? Joke about my career? So I felt like it was a cheap poke. And it was kind of, I felt — I felt like it was racist.”

Spade later wrote that he received a call from an upset Murphy after the incident and that he felt terrible about his “stupid joke”.

“I get Eddie's point on this,” Spade wrote. “Everyone in showbiz wants people to like them. That's how you get fans. But when you get defamed in a sketch or online or whatever, that's bullshit. And that can escalate quickly.”

Murphy has been mostly away from the long-running NBC sketch show over the past few years, though he did appear briefly in the “SNL” 40th anniversary special in 2015 and returned as host to much fanfare in 2019.

“It's all good in the long run, worked out great. I'm fine with David Spade, I'm fine with Lorne Michaels. I went back to SNL,” Murphy said this week. “It's all love … but I took some cheap shots!”

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