Bill Cosby is thanking Eddie Murphy for turning down an opportunity to play him in Sunday’s SNL 40 anniversary special. On Wednesday, it was reported that Murphy passed on the chance to spoof Cosby in a version of Celebrity Jeopardy.
“I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” Cosby said through a spokesperson in a statement to NBC News.
Comedian Norm Macdonald says he tried to convince Murphy to have fun with the impersonation, but the legendary comedian thought it would be in poor taste. Macdonald made the revelation during a recent flood of tweets:
“He knew the laughs would bring the house down. Eddie Murphy knows what will work on SNL better than any one. Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down. Eddie Murphy, I realize, is not like the rest of us. Eddie does not need the laughs. Eddie Murphy is the coolest, a rockstar even in a room with actual rockstars.”
Kenan Thompson ended up playing the role of Cosby during the program.
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