Eddie Murphy, one of the most famous people ever to come out of SNL, refused to play Bill Cosby in a sketch for #SNL40 earlier this year, and now he’s opening up about why.
Murphy made a brief appearance during the live anniversary special, not appearing in any sketches but simply just talking about how much the show meant to him. But as Norm Macdonald revealed afterwards that he tried to get Murphy to play Cosby on Celebrity Jeopardy but Murphy refused.
There’s a new Washington Post profile of Murphy out today, and Murphy ended up addressing why he didn’t play Cosby.
Here’s his explanation:
“I totally understood,” Murphy says, speaking about the anniversary show for the first time. “It was the biggest thing in the news at the time. I can see why they thought it would be funny, and the sketch that Norm [Macdonald] wrote was hysterical.”
So why not?
“It’s horrible,” he says. “There’s nothing funny about it. If you get up there and you crack jokes about him, you’re just hurting people. You’re hurting him. You’re hurting his accusers. I was like, ‘Hey, I’m coming back to SNL for the anniversary, I’m not turning my moment on the show into this other thing.'”
At the time, Cosby thanked Murphy for not playing him.
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