Eddie Murphy's appearance on the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special on Sunday marked the first time the legendary alum had stepped foot on the Studio 8H stage in more than 30 years.
Though his time on the special was short, according to fellow alum Norm Macdonald, the writers had originally planned to give Murphy more screen time.
Macdonald — who wrote and performed on SNL in the '90s in addition to anchoring the "Weekend Update" desk — helped craft the event and revealed in a series of tweets on Wednesday that Murphy was originally asked to play Bill Cosby in the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch he co-wrote with Steve Higgins.
Here's what Macdonald said transpired:
Those who watched know current SNL cast member Kenan Thompson ended up playing Cosby (an ironic turn of events as Thompson played Fat Albert in the 2004 film adaptation of Cosby's beloved cartoon).
Watch the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch as it aired on NBC on Sunday:
BuzzFeed News' requests for comment from Murphy's and NBC's reps were not immediately returned.
Bill Cosby issued a statement to NBC News about Murphy's refusal to play him. "I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions," Cosby said.
Jarett Wieselman is a senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles. Wieselman writes about and reports on the television industry.
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