Saturday 17 February 2018

Eddie Murphy refused to perform sketch lampooning Bill Cosby for SNL 40

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Paige Butcher (L) and Eddie Murphy attend SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Paige Butcher (L) and Eddie Murphy attend SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Eddie Murphy refused to perform a sketch on SNL 40 which lampooned Bill Cosby who currently stands accused of sexual assault by several women.

Former SNL star Norm Macdonald, who helped to coordinate the anniversary show, revealed the nature of Murphy's refusal in a series of tweets.

He revealed that the sketch would have seen Murphy, dressed in a multicoloured jumper - a signature look of Cosby's, mixing a drink.

However, given actor and comedian Cosby is currently accused of sexual assault by several women who claim he drugged them via their drinks, Murphy opted not to "kick a man when he's down".

Murphy has impersonated Cosby throughout his career but this particular sketch was ultimately performed on the show by current SNL star Kenan Thompson.

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