Don’t expect to ever see Eddie Murphy as a guest on Bravo’s Watch What Happen Live hosted by Andy Cohen.
In his new memoir, Most Talkative, the openly gay Cohen shares a traumatic experience he had in high school when he and his friends went to see Murphy in concert during his days on Saturday Night Live.
‘Unfortunately, his live routine differed from his television shtick; namely in that it mostly consisted of ridiculing gay people,’ Cohen writes. ‘Every other word out of his mouth was ‘faggot’ and with each and every gay joke, the crowd went wild.’
Cohen, who was student body president, was not out to his friends who were all laughing at the jokes. He felt like they were laughing at him.
‘I ran out of the arena and into the bathroom where I spent most of the concert in a stall, rocking back and forth wishing and praying that I could somehow unzip my skin and throw it away,’ he writes. ‘I wanted to walk out of that bathroom a completely different person and yet I knew I couldn’t.’
Before leaving the bathroom, Cohen looked at himself in the mirror and saw that his shirt was drenched with sweat.
He said he was never able to laugh at Murphy’s comedy after that night.
But, he admits, he was ‘highly entertained years later in 1997 when police pulled him over with a transvestite prostitute in West Hollywood.’