Eddie Murphy was “the center of an 11th-hour behind-the-scenes” drama during Sunday’s live airing of “SNL’s” 40th Anniversary show, reports Justin Moyer in the Washington Post.
Moyer writes, “Would Murphy, known for his spot-on Bill Cosby impersonation, imitate the embattled comedian facing a raft of sexual assault charges in an all-star ‘Celebrity Jeopardy” parody?
Norm Macdonald tweeted what happened, the report says:
“‘[Murphy] steps behind the bar, begins mixing a drink,’ Macdonald wrote, according to Gothamist’s heroic Twitter transcription. ‘When he speaks, he is Cosby. Eddie Murphy doing a perfect Cosby impression. The audience does not let him finish. The sketch ends.’
“According to Macdonald, Murphy was reluctant, but after an hour long pep talk, acquiesced.”’
Then Murphy changed his mind, declining to do the bit. The bit was done on the show, with Kenan Thompson playing Cosby.
You can watch the skit below. Kenan appears as Cosby near the 8:04 mark.