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Eddie Murphy as Bill Cosby on SNL 40? Why we're glad it didn't happen

Christina Marfice


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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

The reason why Eddie Murphy turned down playing Bill Cosby on SNL 40 is admirable

You don't even need to be a Saturday Night Live fan to appreciate that what Norm Macdonald is doing on Twitter is really, really cool.

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The comedian and former SNL cast member used 140-character bursts to tell the behind-the-scenes story about writing the sketch comedy show's 40th anniversary episode — and to give away a secret or two.

Amid tweeting about Mike Myers and Wayne's World, Macdonald dropped this truth bomb: The writers wanted Eddie Murphy to play Bill Cosby in the Jeopardy sketch that aired during the special.

Kenan Thompson ultimately filled the role and we can't say we're not disappointed — Eddie Murphy's Cosby impressions are seriously on point. But after seeing Murphy's reason for turning down the part? We're behind him 100 percent. Check out the tweets below:

For a cool, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the SNL 40th anniversary episode, check out the rest of Macdonald's tweets below.

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Do you wish Eddie Murphy had played Bill Cosby? Or was he right to turn down the part? Tell us what you think down in the comments.

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