You know what Leslie Jones loves even more than flirting with Colin Jost at the Weekend Update desk? Team USA!
The Saturday Night Live cast member has been offered — and on Monday accepted — an opportunity to attend the Summer Olympics after publishing a series of videos to Twitter documenting her thunderous enthusiasm for the Rio games while draped in the American flag. (A few of her most retweeted posts are embedded below.)
According to NBC, starting this Friday, “Jones will attend live Olympic events, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics and beach volleyball; meet athletes; and spread her passion for sports and the Olympics on-air and online during NBC Olympics’ coverage of Rio 2016.”
Per the suggestion of Late Night With Seth Meyers EP Mike Shoemaker, NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell reached out to Jones and extended an invitation for her to join the Peacock’s team in Brazil. Two days later, Jones announced she was “RIO BOUND BABY.”
“We’re thrilled to have Leslie come to the Olympics,” said Bell in a statement. “She’s a member of the family, and her passion for the Olympics is remarkable.”
Jones first made headlines for her Twitter feed in July when she was targeted by some anonymous — and not-so-anonymous — trolls for her part in the new Ghostbusters movie, which nearly prompted her exit from the social media website altogether.
Are you excited for the chance to see Jones bring her Olympics commentary to NBC airwaves? Is it even possible to be more excited than Jones!?