Bill Cosby ‘Applauds’ Eddie Murphy For Not Playing Him on SNL Sketch

Bill Cosby has publicly thanked Eddie Murphy for declining to play the comedian — who has been accused of sexual assault by more than 20 women — inSaturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special this weekend.

SNL 40th Anniversary Special - 2015

Cosby’s spokesperson said he was “very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” NBC reports.

Norm Macdonald tweeted that he had asked Murphy to play Cosby during a Celebrity Jeopardy sketch, but said Murphy refused:

We have taken our Jello pudding shots at Bill Cosby but we give Eddie props on being sensitive to Mr. Cosby situation. Just don’t leave your drink unattended Eddie.

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