Eddie Murphy Refused To Do Bill Cosby Sketch For ‘SNL40′
Last night, Norm MacDonald fired off over 100 tweets detailing his time working to prepare SNL40 last week. And what was clearly meant as a sweet, awestruck transcript of how great the writers and talents are and always have been, he revealed how Eddie Murphy rejected playing Bill Cosby in a Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch after days of using Brett Ratner – Yes, that Brett Ratner – as an intermediary. Apparently, Eddie didn’t want to “kick a man when he’s down” which Norm wrote lovingly about because it was a “rockstar” move which is one way to describe paying fealty to an (alleged) serial rapist. He’s the real victim here, not those thirty-something other people. Where are their comedy albums? I’m just saying. Via Esquire:
The first thing to do is cut down the number of contestant/impressions and the second is to contact Eddie and to convince him to do it. The middle man to talk to Eddie was @BrettRatner, a cool guy who knows a great deal about comedy. He was with Eddie somewhere. So, the talks were underway. “Brett says Eddie doesn’t feel comfortable”, “Eddie says ‘maybe it’s ok since he’s doing pre-allegation Cosby” And on and on it went. I had not spoken to Eddie or @BrettRatner. I was dead sure Eddie would do it. Most others were not.
I’m standing with my son, Lori Jo, and Chris Rock. We see Eddie from 100 yards away. Rock says, “There he is. Like Ali in Zaire.” Eddie, Bomaye. It’s my job to talk him in to doing Jeopardy. We talk in his dressing room a good hour. When it’s over, I’m convinced he’ll do it. He doesn’t. He knew the laughs would bring the house down. Eddie Murphy knows what will work on SNL better than any one. Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. 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. Eddie Murphy is the coolest, a rockstar even in a room with actual rockstars.
UPDATE: “I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” Bill Cosby’s spokesperson told NBC News presumably while leaving out the part about inviting Eddie’s girlfriend over for a drink because he has a great part for her on The Cosby Show and thinks she’d be wonderful.