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Bill Cosby: 'I applaud' Eddie Murphy for refusing to play me in 'SNL40' sketch

Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver, Colo., Jan. 17, 2015. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/AP)
Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver, Colo., Jan. 17, 2015.

Bill Cosby says he is grateful that Eddie Murphy rejected an offer to impersonate the embattled comedian during the 40th anniversary "Saturday Night Live" special. "I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions," Cosby said through a spokesperson.

Related: Eddie Murphy rejected ‘SNL40’ Bill Cosby skit: Norm Macdonald

Murphy apparently turned down a suggestion that he do an impression of Cosby during a "Jeopardy!" parody in the first hour of the Sunday special, according to former "SNL" cast member Norm Macdonald. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by more than 20 women. Cosby has never been charged and, through lawyers, he has denied the allegations.

This story originally appeared on NBC News