Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bill Cosby Talks Eddie Murphy

After months of increasingly bad news about multiple allegations about rape, and few words from embattled Cosby, he finally got a bit of good news and now he’s expressing his appreciation. “I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” Cosby said in a statement Thursday released through Andrew Wyatt of Purpose PR.

The firm is one of Cosby’s representatives hired in the months since nearly 30 women started coming forward to accuse him of drugging and raping them in decades past. He was asked to do a comic impression of Cosby for the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special on NBC on Sunday, and he refused.

We (and Cosby) know this because ex-SNL cast member Norm Macdonald dished about it in an epic series of tweets Wednesday about the behind-the-scenes lead-up to the show. Macdonald tweeted that the idea was Murphy would put on a multicolored sweater and do the “perfect” Cosby impression. Macdonald tried to talk Murphy into doing it and thought he had agreed. But he didn’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. Quite a week.”

As it turned out, Murphy had little to do on the actual broadcast — no jokes or skits. Instead, he talked about what the show meant to him and his career; he had joined in 1981 while still a teenager. For Cosby, that turned out to be enough.

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