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Eddie Murphy decides it’s actually totally OK to make fun of Bill Cosby

WASHINGTON, DC- OCTOBER 18: Honoree Eddie Murphy poses on the red carpet during the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize For Humor at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on October 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
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Remember back in February when Eddie Murphy refused to do a Bill Cosby impression during the “SNL” 40th anniversary special? In case you don’t, here’s what he told the Washington Post about it: “It’s horrible. There’s nothing funny about it. If you get up there and you crack jokes about him, you’re just hurting people. You’re hurting him. You’re hurting his accusers.”

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Apparently, though, he’s had a change of heart — or he was just saving it for his own gig. Murphy was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and celebrated by doing his first stand-up set in 28 years — including an impression of Cosby.

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“You may have heard recently that I allegedly put the pill in the people’s stomach,” Murphy said, doing a spot-on Cosby. “If I ever see or meet this Hannibal Buress in person I am going to try and kill this man!” So what changed in the intervening months?

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