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Eddie Murphy Nearly Played Bill Cosby on ‘SNL 40,’ Norm Macdonald Says

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Eddie Murphy Nearly Played Bill Cosby on ‘SNL 40,’ Norm Macdonald Says

The “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” had plenty of hits and misses, with many fans and critics disappointed that Eddie Murphy’s only contribution to the celebration was a speech. However, it turns out the SNL legend nearly appeared in a sketch.

SNL veteran Norm Macdonald spent a good portion of Wednesday on Twitter revealing behind-the-scenes details of the special, explaining that the “Celebrity Jeopardy” segment was originally intended to include Murphy in a cameo as Bill Cosby.

As you can see in the clip, the actual segment featured Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery, Kate McKinnon as Justin Bieber, Alec Baldwin as Tony Bennett, Macdonald as Burt Reynolds, Taran Killam as Christoph Waltz, Jim Carrey as Matthew McConaughey and Kenan Thompson as Bill Cosby. Macdonald lays out what happened in the lead-up to Sunday’s show:



 



 



 

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