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Though he was in attendance, actor Eddie Murphy was mostly absent from the “SNL 40th Anniversary Special.”

Murphy, a worldwide superstar, known for his films “48 Hours,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Dreamgirls,” got his start on the sketch comedy show. After Chris Rock had come out to explain Murphy’s importance to the comedy world, Murphy made a brief appearance, albeit a strange one.

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The reason was a Bill Cosby bit.

Ever since David Spade made a joke about Murphy during his “Hollywood Minute” recurring piece, Murphy has been notably absent from the show, but was set to make his return doing a bit in the classic skit series “Celebrity Jeopardy” where he was to play Bill Cosby saying what his favorite alcoholic drink was before being cut off.

According to Norm MacDonald, a veteran writer and player for the show, who wrote the sketch, Murphy had been on board up to the last moment where he decided to abstain from the bit. MacDonald said that Murphy “would not kick a man when he is down.”

“Eddie Murphy, I realize, is not like the rest of us,” tweeted MacDonald. “Eddie does not need the laughs.”

“SNL” season 42 will premiere on Oct. 1, 2016.

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