Leslie Jones Is Bidding Deuces to Saturday Night Live

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Funny lady Leslie Jones will not be returning to Saturday Night Live when the sketch comedy returns for its 45th season next month, opting instead to focus on her career on the big screen.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed the news Tuesday, noting that Jones, who starred in the 2016 remake of Ghostbusters, is set to appear in Coming 2 America, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the classic Coming to America.

She also has appearances coming up in two independent films: I Am Maurice with Chris Rock and Queenpins with Kristen Bell.


Also, Jones announced this month that she has a Netflix special coming out next year.

The addition of Jones to the SNL cast was noteworthy on a number of fronts. As CNN notes, Jones

joined the cast at age of 47, giving her the distinction of being the oldest person to join the sketch show as a cast member. Her addition also marked the first time the show had more than one African American woman as a cast member. Sasheer Zamata was hired as a featured player the prior season.

Jones was nominated for the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series Emmy in both 2017 and 2018.


Jones also received a third Emmy nomination this year for the comedic rap she made for SNL, “The Upper East Side,” EW reports. (Check it out below.)

Here’s wishing all the best to the notorious Les Doggg. If reports of all her new projects are any indication, looks like she’ll be continuing to rep for the U.E.S. (Manhattan’s luxe Upper East Side nabe for all y’all who ain’t know) for some time to come.


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“Hey we all left SNL to work on our movie careers, too!  We wish Leslie all the best.”—Chris Kattan, Rob Schneider and Jon Lovitz