SNL Promotes Leslie Jones to Castmember (and the Universe Cheers)

Leslie Jones SNL

Saturday Night Live‘s 40th season is suddenly looking up.

SNL scribe Leslie Jones — who brought the house down riffing on relationships during a “Weekend Update” segment last month — has been promoted to a full-fledged castmember, TVLine has confirmed.

Her new status takes effect with this weekend’s Jim Carrey-hosted show, reports our sister site Deadline.

Jones joined SNL‘s writing team last season, and made her first on-camera appearance via a controversial May “Weekend Update” segment about slavery.

Press PLAY below to watch her aforementioned relationship takedown from the season premiere.

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22 Comments
    • Shazay says:

      Now all they need to do is fire Colin Jost. Barf!

      • JAson says:

        She should replace the new News guy on Update! (Not Jost)! the new guys is visibly nervous and flubbing lines. Either rep0lace him with Leslie or bring Cecily back! Or better yet right all wrongs and bring Norm back to Update!

      • Tru says:

        You’re crazy Colin host is not only fine he funny. They need to fire the new weekend anchor hot

  1. Mare says:

    Can I just say this is like the best news all day? YAy for SNL for finally doing something right hah

  2. Rdub says:

    Bout damn time!!

  3. David4 says:

    But I thought there are no funny black women.

  4. Tran says:

    About time SNL stood up to Leslie Jones as part of the Season 40 cast. Let’s hope she can rise to the occasion and break through.

  5. KND says:

    Total no brainer!

  6. Brendan says:

    Wow, skipping right over Featured Status

  7. Ron says:

    Smartest move SNL has made in recent memory. Every time she’s on screen, the skit gets instantly 10 times funnier. One of the best things to happen to SNL. And it’s true–Ghost Whisperer is constantly airing on the ION channel.

  8. Drewer says:

    Oh good, I was really worried we might have to wait until the mid-season.

  9. Steven says:

    Best SNL news I’ve heard in a long time. She and Pete Davidson are excellent additions to the cast. (Now please fire Kyle Mooney)

  10. JAson says:

    This girl is on two news segments and she kills! (Kind of reminds me of when Eddie Murphy got hired after a few news apppearances)! Lorne finally woke up0. I mean Aidy Bryant has been shoved down our htroats for three seasons and has yet to have one funny sketch!

  11. AnnieM says:

    FINALLY!!!!!!! YAY!

  12. Joey Padron says:

    Great news! She’s so funny. Can’t wait to see her in more sketches and skits in this weekend’s new episode.

  13. DebLG says:

    Good move, SNL!!

  14. paula says:

    Thumbs up!

  15. dman6015 says:

    Now they can dump both Kenan Thompson AND Colin Jost. They could also do some housecleaning in the writer’s room, too. Get rid of all those Harvard types who think they’re hilarious.

  16. Bill says:

    I think leslie is great but it seems like sasheer has all but disappeared and shes funny also. I just think she gets crap scripts too often. No offense to Leslie but can snl not handle a pretty, feminine black woman?