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Eddie Murphy's Golden Globes Joke About The Will Smith Oscars Slap Divides Fans

The comedian referenced the infamous slap while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Tuesday.

Eddie Murphy; Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars
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Someone was bound to bring it up, right?

It's been nearly 10 months since the infamous Oscars slap of 2022 when Will Smith walked on stage and slapped host Chris Rock across the face for making a joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head.

The buzz surrounding the controversy eventually fizzled into near nothingness. But alas, award season is upon us once again and the memory of the incident was resurrected.

During the 80th Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday night, Eddie Murphy brought up the incident during his speech while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

While revealing the "definitive blueprint" to "achieve success, prosperity, longevity, and peace of mind," Murphy said:

"It's very simple, just do these three things: pay your taxes, mind your business and keep Will Smith's wife's name out of your f**king mouth!"

You can watch Murphy's full acceptance speech below.

Eddie Murphy Accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award | 2023 Golden Globe Awards on

As expected, Twitter had a field day with Murphy's bit.

Many thought Eddie Murphy stuck the landing.

Others, however, would rather the Will Smith jokes not roll into the new year.

Murphy was asked about the joke after he left the stage.

He assured it was all in good fun.

When asked if he'd talked to either Will Smith or Chris Rock, Murphy replied:

"No, I haven't. But I love both of them."