“Saturday Night Live” alumni David Spade has published a “biting” memoir of his life, and among the many stories he shares, the comedian and actor dishes on his long-standing spat with Eddie Murphy.
The book, titled “Almost Interesting,” takes readers back to Spade’s childhood and covers the highlights of his career, to include his time at SNL and his close relationship with deceased comedian Chris Farley, according to the New York Post.
But Spade also offers details on what led to the hard feelings with Murphy, who was just in the news after targeting fellow comedian Bill Cosby in his first live joke in 28 years.
In 1996, in what became his signature bit on SNL, “Hollywood Minute,” Spade dared to crack on Murphy, who was coming off several recent bombs at the box office.
“Look, children,” he said as a photo of Murphy appeared on the screen. “It’s a falling star. Make a wish.”
While the joke would become a stellar moment in Spade’s career, the bad blood between the two would linger for years.
The Post reported on what happened next:
The Monday after the joke aired, Spade was sitting in the writers’ room when an assistant appeared to tell him Murphy was on the phone down the hall.
“My heart stopped,” he writes. Spade told the assistant to take a message. Seconds later, the phone in the writers’ room rang. It was Murphy. Spade said to take a message, then went to talk to cast mate Chris Rock. Meanwhile, Murphy called again.
“You better call him,” Rock advised. “You don’t want him coming down here. Don’t forget, he’s still a black guy.”
Spade finally returned the call and Murphy screamed at him, “You dumb motherf – – ker! I’m off-limits, don’t you know that?”
Murphy has said the incident kept him away from SNL for a long time — he was the only major former cast member who did not appear on the 25th anniversary special in 1999, though Murphy did make an appearance on the 40th anniversary show earlier this year.
And met with Spade, which suggests Murphy’s stance has softened over the years.
Spade said in his book that he saw Murphy driving in Beverly Hills recently and Murphy rolled down his window to ask how he was doing.
“My Watergate with Eddie Murphy was over,” Spade wrote. “He was nice to me. He gave me a hug. I don’t think he cares anymore. He can’t possibly.”
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