Eddie Murphy Explains Why He Didn’t Impersonate Bill Cosby on SNL

Bill Cosby Thanks Eddie Murphy For Not Mocking Him on 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

Earlier this year, Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special aired without Eddie Murphy impersonating Bill Cosby as he was slated to do.

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In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Eddie explained while the timing was perfect, the situation is too serious to make a joke about.

“I totally understood,” Murphy says as to why SNL would want to spoof Cosby. “It was the biggest thing in the news at the time. I can see why they thought it would be funny, and the sketch that Norm [Macdonald] wrote was hysterical.”

However weighing the pros and cons, Murphy felt the subject matter would hurt not only Bill Cosby but also his accusers.

“It’s horrible. There’s nothing funny about it. 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.'”



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