"I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions." Bill Cosby applauds fellow comic Eddie Murphy for refusing to portray the embattled stand-up comedian in a sketch during the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special on Sunday (15Feb15). The Beverly Hills Cop actor returned to the U.S. comedy series after more than 30 years for the special, but did not take part in any of the sketches and simply gave a brief speech. Former Snl cast member and writer Norm MACdonald has since revealed he tried to convince Murphy to play Cosby during the Celebrity Jeopardy segment, but Murphy turned it down as he did not want to poke fun at the star, who has faced a long line of sex abuse allegations in recent months.