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Bill Cosby released a statement today publicly thanking Eddie Murphy for refusing to impersonate him during a ‘SNL40’ sketch that aired this past weekend. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by more than 20 women.

“I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” Cosby said through a spokesperson, via NBC.

Comedian/Writer Norm Macdonald tweeted that he had asked Murphy to play Cosby for the SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketch, but said Murphy declined:

Check out the Sketch below:

Photo Credits: NBC/Getty Images

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