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Eddie Murphy bags Cecil B. DeMille award, makes Will Smith joke



Eddie Murphy poses with the Cecil B. deMille Award

Comedian, actor and singer Eddie Murphy received the Cecil B. deMille Award at the 2023 Golden Globes and shared his blueprint for success.

“To all the new up and coming dreamers and artists in the room tonight, I want to let you know that there is a definitive blueprint that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind,” Murphy said.

“Pay your taxes, mind your business and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your fucking mouth,” Murphy joked, referring to the actor’s infamous slap of presenter Chris Rock at last year’s Oscars.

Eddie Murphy received the the Cecil B. deMille Award for his career in entertainment, which has stretched across five decades, at the 2023 Golden Globes.


The award, granted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, honors “a talented individual for their outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”

Tracy Morgan and Jamie Lee Curtis presented the actor and comedian with the award. Murphy is the “reason I started doing comedy,” Morgan said, pointing to Murphy’s specials on “Saturday Night Live.”

Morgan also took time to praise Murphy for his commitment to fatherhood. “I know that the most important role you play is being a dad,” he said. In doing so, he also took a moment to poke fun: “You got 10 children. 10. … I know you’re trying to break Bob Marley’s record. You look at (fiancee) Paige you get her pregnant.”

But, in all seriousness, Eddie Murphy is a good dad, Morgan reiterated. “Let me tell you, Mr. Murphy, it is one of my greatest honors of my life to be here for you tonight.”


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