Bill Murray Almost Blew Off The SNL 40 Special To Play Golf


If you’re not following Norm Macdonald on Twitter after last night’s surprise Twitter story about the behind-the-scenes of the SNL 40th Anniversary Special, you’re a damn fool. He broke down the history and origin of one of the greatest SNL sketches of all time, “Celebrity Jeopardy” and talked about how they almost convinced Eddie Murphy to play the role of Bill Cosby in the sketch.

While that part of the story gotten a lot of attention, a lot of people may have missed the fact that Bill Murray, who reprised his role as terrible lounge singer, Nick Ocean singing the “Jaws Theme Song”, almost blew off the show entirely to play golf. Power move.

Norm explains:

I wish I could take that attitude and somehow have people just accept it. Fuck all my responsibilities, I’m gonna play golf. Unfortunately for the SNL 40 participants, this left them in a bit of an uncertain lurch.

So, Norm did the only thing he could do in the situation: He spoke to God, aka SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels.

The rest, of course, is history. Bill Murray showed up and absolutely crushed it with Paul Shaffer, and Eddie Murphy didn’t do the Bill Cosby cameo, or much of anything at all, really. All in all, it still turned out to be a pretty fucking awesome show.

You said it, Norm.

[via SB Nation]

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