Eddie Murphy Said No To Playing Bill Cosby In A SNL Sketch

February 19, 2015 / Posted by:

And this is coming from someone who said yes to playing Rasputia in Norbit, so that’s saying something. According to Norm Macdonald (via The A.V. Club), Eddie Murphy was supposed to have a much bigger part in the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show last Sunday. What we got was Chris Rock introducing Eddie Murphy, who walked out on stage, waited for the applause to die down before doing a little ‘thanks everyone’ and signalling that it was time to cut to commercial. What we were supposed to get was a Celebrity Jeopardy sketch with Eddie Murphy playing America’s alleged drink-drugging dad Bill Cosby.

In case you didn’t see it, “Bill Cosby” made an appearance during a video daily double (it happens around the 7:48 mark). He’s played by Kenan Thompson, but according to an insanely long essay written by Norm Macdonald on Twitter, he was supposed to be played by Eddie Murphy.

Norm says it all started because Eddie skipped the SNL 25th anniversary. David Spade had apparently once made a joke about him on Weekend Update, and that hurt his feelings, so he swore he’d never go back. However, either time healed his wounds or Lorne Michaels backed a giant truck full of money into his driveway, because he decided to return for the 40th anniversary. That’s when they thought it would be a great idea to write him into the Celebrity Jeopardy sketch as Bill Cosby. The Twitter story is long, so it’s after the cut.

Shortly after Norm revealed that Eddie had bailed on the Bill Cosby bit, ol’ skibbitty boppity alleged pill poppity himself released the following statement:

“I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions”

I’m still totally confused about that whole Brett Ratner part. Why did they have to go through Brett Ratner? Is Brett Ratner moonlighting as Eddie Murphy’s manager now? You know a situation is beyond WTF when Bill Cosby isn’t the most WTF part of it.

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