Eddie Murphy Was Supposed to Play Bill Cosby in the Saturday Night Live Anniversary Special

February 19, 2015 7:18 AM

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According to MacDonald –– one of the originators of the famous Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch –– Murphy was their first choice to play Bill Cosby in the sketch’s much-talked-about “Potent Potables” punchline.

This is fairly close to how the sketch actually played out with current cast member Kenan Thompson perfectly slipping into the role of Cosby (as he often has in the past). According to MacDonald, he and co-writers Steve Higgins and Lori Jo Hoekstra did their level best to talk Murphy into playing th...

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