Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Norm MacDonald

NBC

It had been 30 long years away from Studio 8H for Eddie Murphy, so clearly fans were super stoked to watch his return during the epic Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special.

Unfortunately, viewers were left disappointed because Murphy's time back on the hit NBC show was so short-lived and underwhelming. However, Norm Macdonald revealed through a stream of tweets earlier tonight that they had a different plan in mind—but it fell through.

Apparently, Murphy was asked to play Bill Cosby for the Celebrity Jeopardy sketch, but declined to take on the now-controversial role.

Here's what went down:

But SNL producer and co-writer Steve Higgins had an even better idea in mind...

So what went left? Well, Macdonald explains that Brett Ratner was in the middle of Murphy and the show for the sketch, and explained that the actor didn't feel comfortable.

And while one might think that causes Macdonald to get super annoyed and stressed about the situation, he doesn't.

Instead, he compliments Murphy for sticking up for what he believes in.

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