During SNL 40 in February famed former SNL star Eddie Murphy declined to perform on the show, but with good reason.
Apparently the writers had a skit in mind for the NYC native, but Eddie refused to push out material focused on a certain subject matter.
In an interview with the Washington Post published Tuesday, the comedian explains that it was because he didn’t want to play Bill Cosby for the special.
Murphy thought the timing of the skit was way off. “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,” he says. “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.'”
I have to applaud Eddie for turning a skit that would've hurt a lot of people.
Norm MacDonald, who wrote the sketch, also commended him for sticking to his principles, “He will not kick a man when he is down. Eddie Murphy, I realize, is not like the rest of us. Eddie does not need the laughs."
You have to respect Eddie for thinking about the people involved in this scandal before taking the stage.