Earlier this week, news broke that Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones will not be coming back to the NBC sketch series. While This means she will no longer be seen weekly on the Emmy award winning Sketch Series, Leslie Jones will not be out of work for too long.
According to Variety, Leslie's exit comes amid NBC's "annual recalibration of the cast" process, where longtime executive producer Lorne Michaels takes a look at the comedians' contracts and considers "talent needs." The outlet notes that it's typical for one or two cast members to leave the show per season as contracts expire.
It's possible that Leslie's busy schedule had to do with her departing the Emmy-winning show. Leslie is hosting her own Netflix stand-up special, which will hit the streaming service in early 2020. On top of that, she recently voiced a role in The Angry Birds Movie 2 and is rumored to be appearing in Eddie Murphy's Coming to America sequel.
It's also been reported that Leslie will be the host of the Supermarket Sweep reboot, which is rumored to air on Netflix.
While these opportunities are good news for Leslie, SNL fans will surely miss seeing her on Weekend Update this fall taking jabs at her co-star Colin Jost. In reaction to the news, many offered up kind words and wished her well.
"Goodbye to the funniest person on the show," one fan tweeted.
"Bummed at reports that Leslie Jones is leaving SNL. In every way an exceptional cast member ... one of its most electric," another said.
Leslie first joined SNL in 2014, starting as a writer and working her way up to a cast member. No matter where we all see her next, we're sure she'll continue to soar beyond SNL, just as so many of the great comedians have before her.
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