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Eddie Murphy Takes the Slap to the Golden Globes, Complete with a Wisecrack from Will Smith

Eddie Murphy made sure that the most infamous episode in the history of entertainment awards, which was Will Smith slapping Chris Rock during the Oscars ceremony the previous year, was not forgotten during the Golden Globes on Tuesday.

In his acceptance speech for the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award, the well-known comedian and actor thanked a number of producers, executives, and publicists with whom he had collaborated over the course of his career. He then concluded his remarks with some advice for aspiring “dreamers and artists.”

“There is a clear plan that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity, and peace of mind,” said Murphy, adding that he has followed it his entire career. “There is a definitive blueprint that you can follow to achieve success, wealth, and longevity,” added Murphy.

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After a brief pause for dramatic effect, he continued, “Pay your taxes, mind your business, and keep the name of Will Smith’s wife out of your f— mouth!” The comment, which was edited out of NBC’s live broadcast, was a reference to the time that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage after Rock had made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

After the incident, Smith, who was sitting in his seat, yelled at Rock to tell him not to use the name of his wife. Murphy stated that he had not spoken to either Rock or Smith since the incident, but that he still loved both of them when he made his appearance backstage a few seconds later. This piece also includes contributions from Times staff writer Michael Ordo.

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