Eddie Murphy cringes when he hears his old jokes about gay people
Eddie Murphy cringes when he hears his old jokes about gay people and he admitted he can't believe he said some of the things he used to say.
The 58-year-old actor admitted his controversial 1983 stand-up special "Delirious" has a number of jokes which he is embarrassed by, including one where he said: "I have nightmares about gay people".
Eddie told CBS: "Some of it I cringe when I watch it. I'm like, oh my God, I can't believe I said that."
CBS correspondent Tracy Smith asked: "When you watch that stuff, do you laugh? Is it still funny to you?"
He replied: "I've seen stuff that I'll go, like, oh, that's, ooh, yeah, you'll get a joke that's cringey.
"But that's not to say that I don't appreciate it. I still appreciate it. And I'm looking at it within the context of the times, you know. And I'm going, okay, I'm a kid, saying that."
Eddie also spoke about his spirituality and revealed his belief that his faith saved him from going off the rails in Hollywood.
He said: "I've always been really comfortable in my skin. It's 'cause I've always been grounded spiritually, you know? I believe in God and I believe in prayer.
"I pray all the time, you know. I pray all the time. And you don't have to, like, get down on your knees and pray, you know. You can pray wherever.
"You know what I found? A lot of people in show business that get really successful at an early age, a lot of them go through a lot of stuff and have issues and drug problems, and all these are self-destructive. And I never had that because I was grounded spiritually."