Longtime cast member of Saturday Night Live, Leslie Jones, announced last week that she will not be returning for season 45. While Jones had a five season run with SNL, it is reported that she will be taking on a starring role in the reboot of the classic game show “Supermarket Sweep.”
Jones had initially been hired as a writer midway through SNL’s 39th season, but after complaints about the lack of black women in the show’s cast, producer Lorne Michaels hired Sasheer Zamata then after proving herself during the 40th-season premiere, Jones was added to the cast three episodes later.
Jones gave a statement regarding her SNL departure via Twitter, stating “Yes it’s true I am leaving Saturday Night Live. I cannot thank NBC, the producers, writers, and amazing crew enough for making SNL my second home these last five years.”
She continued, “Lorne Michaels, you’ve changed my life in so many ways! Thank you for being my mentor and confidant and for always having my back. You not only have my loyalty but you have my heart too! You have shown me skills I never imagined I had. I leave a better performer because of you. To the incredible cast members: I will miss working, creating and laughing with you.”
“I will miss holding it down with Kenan everyday, I will miss Cecily’s impression of me making me laugh at myself often, I will miss Kate’s loving hugs and talks when I needed. And of course Colin, you porcelain-skinned Ken doll. I will miss all my cast mates!! Especially being at the table reads with them!! Everyone needs to know Leslie Jones couldn’t have done any of the things I did without these people.
“One last thing – to the fans – you are the BEST!! Thank you for all the love and support through my SNL years, and I know you will be as excited as I am when you see some of the amazing projects and adventures that I have coming up very soon! Love you all!! #iamnotdeadjustgraduating”
SNL will return to NBC on Sept. 28 with host, Woody Harrelson, and musical guest, Billie Eilish.
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