Eddie Murphy ‘SNL 40’: Talks Not Playing Bill Cosby During Rape Allegation Rumors

By Kyle Dowling (kyle.dowling@mstarsnews.com) | Oct 14, 2015 10:51 AM EDT
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Eddie Murphy's appearance on the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live was heavily anticipated, but when it happened it was sort of, well, eh. After the letdown, word got out that Murphy was approached to play Bill Cosby in the Celebrity Jeopardy sketch but declined the offer. The sketch was during all the rape allegation rumors swirling around the former Cosby Show star – which, yes, is still happening – and the only explanation we had as to why Murphy declined was in Norm Macdonald's Twitter rant. Now, however, it appears that we have another one from the Vampire Brooklyn star himself.

Yep, remember that movie?

Anyway, it's being reported that Murphy recently spoke with The Washington Post, stating that there's "nothing funny' about Cosby's situation.

"If you get up there and you crack jokes about him you're just hurting people," Murphy said. "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.'"

Which, truthfully, it might have been better to make it about "this other thing" because Murphy's appearance was, as we mentioned, a big bummer.

Of course, Murphy isn't jabbing SNL, as he did say that he can understandably see why the sketch show "thought it would be funny." He further stated that the sketch Macdonald wrote "was hysterical."

For a refresher in the dismal performance that was Eddie Murphy's return to Saturday Night Live, check out the appearance:

If you're thinking oh man, Chris Rock's introduction to Eddie Murphy was better than seeing Eddie Murphy, well, you'd be correct.

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