February 4, 2023

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Eddie Murphy: ‘Keep Will Smith’s Wife’s Name Out Of Your F-ing Mouth’

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Cecil B. at the Golden Globes on Tuesday night. During his acceptance speech for the DeMille Award, Eddie Murphy offered some important advice for industry elites: Don’t mess with Will Smith.

“I want to let you know that there is a specific blueprint you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind,” Murphy said at the end of his speech. “It’s a blueprint, and I’ve followed it my whole career. It’s that simple, just do these three things: do your taxes, mind your business, and keep the name of Will Smith’s wife out of your mouth!”

The joke — which, of course, referenced the infamous moment at last year’s Oscars when Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock for jabbing at Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia — resulted in gleeful, shocked laughter from the audience.

Since 1952, Cecil B. has been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The DeMille Award is presented annually to outstanding filmmakers and performers in the entertainment industry.

Actor-comedian Murphy has previously been nominated for an Oscar, five Emmys and six Golden Globes — one of which he won in 2007 for his performance in “Dreamgirls.” The 61-year-old comic is a three-time Grammy nominee and took home an award for Best Comedy Recording in 1984.

Some of Murphy’s notable comedies include “Norbit,” “The Naughty Professor,” “Daddy’s Daycare,” “Trading Place” and popular film series such as “Coming to America,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Doctor Dolittle.” Murphy starred in the 2016 biopic “Mr. Church” where he played the title character, Henry Church.

Murphy is set to appear in several new films in the coming years following a three-picture, first-look deal with Amazon Studios. The star will star alongside co-stars Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sam Jay and Nia Long in director Kenya Barris’ rom-com, “You People,” which Barris and Jonah Hill co-wrote.

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