Eddie Murphy Reveals Why He Opted Out of ‘SNL 40’ Gig as Bill Cosby


Nobody does a better Bill Cosby impression than the legendary comedian, Eddie Murphy. Back in the 80s, Murphy reprised the 78-year-old actor in the “Saturday Night Live”, but when he was asked to do it again in the variety show’s 40th year, the funnyman turned the offer down.

In a lengthy interview with The Washington Post, Murphy said he declined to do the role because nothing is funny about Cosby when he was asked to play the role again.
“It was the biggest thing in the news at the time,” Murphy told The Washington Post. “I can see why they thought it would be funny, and the sketch that Norm [Macdonald] wrote was hysterical.”
Murphy also added that doing the sketch is just horrible. “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,'” he added.