Bill Cosby Pleased Eddie Murphy Didn't Mock Him on 'SNL' Special

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Bill Cosby is singing the praises of Eddie Murphy following Murphy's refusal to portray the comic on the recent SNL 40th Anniversary special. The embattled comedian has--in recent months--been accused of sexually assaulting a number of women over the course of many years.

Eddie Murphy was asked to play Bill Cosby is a sketch for the SNL anniversary show, during which he would portray the comic as a Jeopardy contestant. Former cast mate Norm Macdonald was instrumental in trying to sign Murphy on for the sketch. In fact, Macdonald explained the entire situation days after the show aired, explaining why Eddie Murphy ultimately said no. He did so through a series of about 100 tweets.

Bill Cosby lauded Eddie Murphy via a statement released to NBC through a spokesperson.

"I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions," Cosby said.

Eddie Murphy still made a short appearance on the SNL40 special, but instead of portraying Bill Cosby, he simply talked about his time on the show and what it meant to him.

Do you think Eddie Murphy showed class by refraining from playing Bill Cosby? And if so, what does that say about Keenan Thompson, who wound up do a very short stint as Bill Cosby on the SNL40 show? You can see Thompson play Bill Cosby at about the 8-minute mark below.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.