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Eddie Murphy Was Supposed To Play Bill Cosby04:29

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Three days after Eddie Murphy's disappointing appearance on the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, a former colleague tweeted that the show did not go as planned.

Wednesday night, comedian Norm Macdonald tweeted for over an hour about the behind-the-scenes happenings at the anniversary show, including Eddie Murphy's refusal to play the role of Bill Cosby that was created for him in the Celebrity Jeopardy skit.

So why didn't Murphy do it? Here & Now's Robin Young discusses this and Eddie Murphy's legacy with NPR's TV Critic Eric Deggans.


This segment aired on February 19, 2015.

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