Comedian Bill Cosby performs at The Temple Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado Jan. 17, 2015
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February 19, 2015 9:56 PM EST

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.

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, who was ultimately impersonated by current “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson, has been accused of sexual assault by more than 20 women. Cosby has never been charged…

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