Instead of thanking him for the memories, as usually occurs on an anniversary show, Bill Cosby is thanking Eddie Murphy for not remembering him. The thanks-for-not-playing-me comments from Cosby come as a result of Eddie’s appearance on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show, according to Variety.
Murphy was supposed to mock Cosby as part of the “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch during the SNL 40 show, but he refused to take responsibility for spoofing the embattled comedian.
Instead, Eddie appeared on the stage and quickly left. SNL colleague Norm Macdonald revealed what happened behind the scenes.
“He knew the laughs would bring the house down,” revealed Macdonald. “(But) Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down.”
At this point, Cosby is facing sexual assault allegations from more than 20 women, beginning in the 1970s. For years, Bill was one of the most highly regarded and revered comedic talents in the highly competitive media industry, from stand-up shows in crowded comedy clubs to his own TV show to guest appearances. But can he recover?
Among those coming forward with sexual attack allegations is supermodel Janice Dickinson, who told Entertainment Tonight that Cosby raped her.
Now 59, Janice says that the attack occurred in 1982 when he asked her to travel to Lake Tahoe to discuss a possible job offer. She recalls sipping red wine and taking a pill that he provided, and then she says her memories are troubled.
“The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” said Janice.
At this point, Cosby has not been charged, and he has repeatedly denied allegations through his lawyers. When he learned about the Saturday Night Live skit change, Cosby responded to Murphy via a spokesperson, reported NBC News.
“I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” said Cosby.
If the skit had been enacted as planned, the “Celebrity Jeopardy” show would have shown a clip of Murphy playing Cosby in the category “Favorite Cocktails.”
Playing host Alex Trebek, Will Ferrell would have then quickly stopped, announcing that the mock clip was done prior to the allegations that Cosby gave women cocktails containing drugs prior to sexually assaulting them.
As the Inquisitr reported, Chevy Chase also earned questionable attention during his appearance at the Saturday Night Live anniversary special. Chase was sweating profusely and had problems responding to an interviewer’s questions on the red carpet.
Following Chevy’s appearance and interview, some questioned via Twitter whether he had been taking steroids long-term to account for his puffy appearance and perspiration while others expressed shock.
“I’m extremely concerned about Chevy Chase after that interview with Carson Daly” – Whitney Harold
“I hope Chevy Chase is ok, seemed a bit emotional or not well on the show.” – Kate Hendricks
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