Eddie Murphy Rejected Offer to Play Cosby on ‘SNL 40,’ Says Norm Macdonald

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  1. chapped

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    UPDATE: Bill Cosby told NBC News that he appreciates Eddie Murphy's decision not to portray him in a sketch on Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special: "I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions," Cosby said through a spokesperson.

    Comedian Norm Macdonald took to Twitter Wednesday evening to share a long but fascinating account about the behind-the-scenes drama that preceded “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary extravaganza.

    Eddie Murphy, who made a brief cameo on the NBC special, was approached to impersonate Bill Cosby in “Celebrity Jeopardy,” a skit Macdonald wrote and originally created for the show, but Murphy turned down the offer the night before the telecast.

    Kenan Thompson eventually played Cosby in the revived sketch, which also featured Will Ferrell (Alex Trebek), Macdonald (Burt Reynolds), Darrell Hammond (Sean Connery) and Kate McKinnon (Justin Bieber).

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    As the A-list cast began to prep for Sunday’s primetime event, which drew over 23 million viewers, Macdonald pulled Murphy aside in a dressing room for an hour and tried to persuade him to do the “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch.

    “When it’s over, I’m convinced he’ll do it,” thought the comedian.

    Adding to the “SNL 40″ drama over the weekend was the fact that Bill Murray was golfing across the country.

    “With Bill Murray, golf always comes first,” Macdonald said.

    To the relief of “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels, Murray eventually flew to New York to participate in sketches like his hilarious ode to “Jaws.”

    Murphy, however, opted against the laughs.

    According to Macdonald, he didn’t want to further shame Cosby–public enemy No. 1 on the Internet–who already faces a litany of sexual assault allegations for drugging and raping dozens of women.

    “He knew the laughs would bring the house down,” Macdonald said of his decision. “(But) Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down.”


    Wearing a blue suit, Murphy entertained the audience ever-so briefly after a warm introduction from Chris Rock, saying his “SNL” return was like “going back to my old high school, kind of.”



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    Peau de Soie Edit Button? Thanks LaserTilt!

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    Entertained the audience????????

    Opted against the laughs is fucking right. Screw you Eddie, you used to be a man.
     
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    You can give him a break for not making fun of Cosby but does not explain why he did not do anything funny at the anniversary
     
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    Rupert Pupkin That Ass is Attached to Daniela Lopez Gold

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    The funny part of EM left the room years ago.
     
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    Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down.”

    Good for Eddie!! I mean that would be like fucking someone when they were drugged
     
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    Norm's twitter timeline last night about the week leading up to SNL40 was pretty entertaining.
     
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  8. Donkeyboy2190

    Donkeyboy2190 Never earned a dimes

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    You need to tweet that to him
     
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    hmmmmmmmmm
     
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    done
     
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    Good man
     
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    shit i should have tagged norm in it...
    i did a reply and tagged norm.. wonder if he will see the whole tweet?
     
  13. Hugh Blowmont

    Hugh Blowmont Just be funny

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    Fuck Eddie Murphy. He never had a problem shitting on Cosby on the way up.

     
  14. Dick Fitzwell

    Dick Fitzwell Opinions are like assholes ... and so am I

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    He would have done it if Lorne would have let Eddie sniff his feet.
     
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    What the fuck was his last good thing