Eddie Murphy Reveals Why He Refused To Impersonate Bill Cosby For “SNL” Anniversary

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Eddie Murphy revealed for the first time on Tuesday why he refused to impersonate Bill Cosby in a sketch for the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special.

As Gossip Cop reported, former “SNL” cast member Norm Macdonald explained in a series of tweets back in February that Murphy had been asked to portray Cosby in a “Celebrity Jeopardy!” skit, but the actor/comedian wanted no part of it. Cosby himself later publicly thanked Murphy through a statement released by his rep.

In an interview the Washington Post, Murphy finally addressed the situation, expressing there’s “nothing funny” about the sexual assault allegations aimed at Cosby. “It’s horrible,” Murphy said of the controversy. “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.'”

Murphy, however, does go on to say that he “totally understood” why the show wanted him to mock the iconic comedian. “It was the biggest thing in the news at the time,” he said. “I can see why they thought it would be funny, and the sketch that Norm [Macdonald] wrote was hysterical.”

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