Eddie Murphy Refused To Play Bill Cosby On “SNL 40”

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Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special packed plenty of laughs, famous friends and controversy. While there were tons of memorable skits, there were equally as much missing — including the famous Sarah Palin sketches. And there was that dismissive joke about not having enough Black women on the show, but making headlines today is the sketch that didn’t happen.

SNL producers attempted to get Eddie Murphy to play Bill Cosby on a “Jeopardy” segment. Norm Macdonald, famous for his role on the “Weekend Update,” revealed the juicy behind-the-scene deets on his Twitter account.

Catch the tea, below:

“Among many other things, this show was to be the return of Eddie Murphy. Murphy, the man who, in Lorne’s absence, kept the show alive. Singlehandedly,” he tweeted. “To every comedian who ever performed on SNL, what Eddie accomplished was unthinkable. Every Saturday Night at 11:30 Eddie Murphy, a kid, would fill 90 minutes with comedy. Impossible. The last anniversary was the 25th. Eddie did not attend due to a remark by David Spade. David is a very kind man, but his remark was not. So Eddie never came back. Until last week.”

What exactly was the concept of the segment?

“A video daily double. The category would be Potent Potables, a common one on Jeopardy, but one we somehow had never done. And the idea was that it would be a bar set. And the idea was that Bill Cosby would be mixing a drink in a video that was taped 6 months ago. It was perfect. It was all Steve Higgins idea. At the end of the sketch, Darrel would choose potent potables. Homebase would be dressed as a bar. The iconic doors would open and on to home base would step Eddie Murphy. The audience would know what to do. Why is Eddie wearing a multicolored sweater? He steps behind the bar, begins mixing a drink. The audience covers the fact he has not spoken. When he speaks, he is Cosby. Eddie Murphy doing a perfect Cosby impression. The audience does not let him finish. The sketch ends. The show, for all intents, ends. All the impressions are forgiven.”

Cosby hasn’t said much about the controversy surrounding the many rape cases towering against him, but took the time to respond to this news.

“I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” Cosby said through a spokesperson.

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