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Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Leslie Jones vows to protest nude at NBC if Timeless isn't renewed
The SNL star said on Twitter that since she works in the NBC building, "WE GONE HAVE A PROBLEM" if Timeless is canceled.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che the right choice to host the first Emmys of the #MeToo era?
This morning's announcement raises a question, says Laura Bradley: "Are Che and Jost really the right fit for this moment?" She adds: "As women fight to end exploitation and promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry, choosing a woman from the SNL family would have sent a strong message—especially for an awards show that likes to praise the TV industry for supposedly being more progressive than the film world. (Kate) McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, or Aidy Bryant would have made excellent Emmys hosts, either together or separately. (This also might have been NBC’s last chance to tap one of them, as all four seem likely to make their exits from SNL before the network hosts the Emmys again in four years.) Even beyond the halls of Studio 8H, there are plenty more talented women with TV shows on the current NBC roster, including Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and Retta. (Bell even has one hosting gig under her belt already this year; she hosted the SAG Awards in January.) Were none of these women available?" ALSO: To have the first Emmys of the #MeToo era "hosted by two bros with a history of making highly questionable jokes is not good for progress."
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant, America Ferrera, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Debra Messing, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Megan Mullally, Michael Che, Retta, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Lorne Michaels is producing a film starring SNL-ers Leslie Jones and Colin Jost
Jones and Jost are bringing their "Weekend Update" flirtation to the big screen in the movie Baby Nurse.
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 10:28PM EST
Ice dancers Alex and Maia Shibutani credit Leslie Jones with helping them win bronze at the Winter Olympics
“We saw her before our last skate actually, and that was one of the things that kind of snapped us into just enjoying the moment," says Alex Shibutani.
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 2:24PM EST
Leslie Jones calls NBC colleague an "a**hole announcer"
The SNL star and NBC Winter Olympics contributor posted a profanity-laced rant to Twitter complaining about Pierre McGuire's interview of a U.S. women's hockey team member.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 1:46PM EST
Watch Leslie Jones and Adam Rippon pretend to be Winter Olympics commentators
Even though figure skater Rippon turned down NBC's offer to join the network for the last week of the Winter Olympics, he and the SNL star last night offered a brief bit of ice skating commentary.
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Bob Costas is definitely missed during these Winter Olympics
"Props to the affable Mike Tirico, who is being fast-tracked into NBC's No.1 sports role," says Chris Erskine. "But he is proof that you can be the consummate pro and still come up lacking in certain respects." Erskine says it's the Olympics where the greats are made, especially in the broadcast booth. "Costas was always himself — brash, knowledgeable, poised, with an appreciation for the moment," says Erskine. "No one, not even the whip-smart Howard Cosell, was faster on his feet in live interviews. Sadly, Costas will probably best be remembered not so much for the decades of first-class sportscasting, but for a stubborn case of pink eye that struck during the Games in Sochi, Russia, and became the talk of the nation."
- Gus Kenworthy getting a kiss from his boyfriend was an NBC Olympics first
- NBC Sports boss: We're down 6%, but we're "through the roof" in streaming numbers
- French ice dancer's breast was exposed on NBC
- Scott Hamilton on learning NBC was demoting him: “There was a sadness for about 10 minutes"
- Why do Winter Olympics commentators use "women" or "ladies"?
- Leslie Jones, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir made a Beyoncé-inspired video
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 2:13PM EST
Nathan Chen and Mikaela Shiffrin have forced NBC to throw out their Winter Olympics script
"What had been advertised as a medal march for U.S. Olympians Shiffrin and Chen became something else altogether on NBC’s broadcast and cable telecasts in the space of a few minutes Thursday night," says Phil Rosenthal. "Something else, as in: Hey, coming up Friday, Team USA’s Lindsey Vonn competes in the super-G! Hello, Adam Rippon! Whether it was nerves, norovirus or whatever, Chen and Shiffrin were humbled. So too, presumably, were those media folks who had jacked up what had seemed justifiable expectations under which they struggled to perform."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Leslie Jones has become the "anti-announcer" of the Winter Olympics
The SNL star's tweets are being called the best thing about the Winter Olympics, and she has yet to even arrive in South Korea. The Huffington Post says Jones has "upped her game" this year, after her celebrated stint as a social-media commentator at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. "Ms. Jones has emerged as the Olympics’ anti-announcer, funny and often salty, especially when it comes to the fashion, which, at its best, can be daring, and, its worst, well, she has her views," says Laura M. Holson. Jones' Twitter commentary has become like a real-time version of E!'s Fashion Police. “She’s not a fashion expert, and she is not holding herself out to be,” says Melissa Rivers, former host of Fashion Police. “She takes all the haughtiness out of it.”
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Kevin Hart's new YouTube series sends celebrities like Conan O'Brien and Chance the Rapper outside their comfort zones
The comedian's Laugh Out Loud Network has announced What the Fit, which will have celebrities try out unusual fitness routines. Conan will try sumo wrestling, while Leslie Jones will take a spin at the rodeo. Other celebrity participants include DJ Khaled, Joel McHale, Tiffany Haddish, Khloé Kardashian and Niecy Nash. What the Fit premieres March 8.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 1:29PM EST
Leslie Jones lands a guest role on Kevin (Probably) Saves the World after tweeting about the ABC drama
The SNL star will shoot her guest spot today, before heading to Pyeongchang to help NBC cover the Winter Olympics. Last week, Jones tweeted: "This episode of @KevinProbably is so freaking funny. @JasonRitter @Kimactinup is seriously my favorite comedy duo right now!! Omg!!” Co-creator Michele Fazekas says of the special guest appearance: "Leslie started tweeting about being a fan of the show, and the entire cast and crew were delighted and looked forward to her tweets every week. So as we were breaking the final episode, we wrote a part for her — never actually believing she’d be available. But the stars and schedules aligned, and Leslie wanted to do it — we still can’t believe it."
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 1:33PM EST
NBC sending Leslie Jones to cover another Olympics
The SNL star will help cover the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea after finding success covering the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
SNL borrowed two old Will Ferrell costumes from a Chicago museum exhibit
The curator of Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, which is currently hosting “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibit,” packed up Ferrell’s old Spartans cheerleader costume and his Harry Caray suit and sent it to 30 Rock. The outfits were worn by Leslie Jones in Ferrell’s promo for this week’s episode. ALSO: SNL has uploaded a new Ferrell promo with Chris Stapleton, as well as a Ferrell’s 360-degree tour of Studio 8H.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 1:23PM EST
Leslie Jones showcases her Will Ferrell SNL impressions — in a promo with Will Ferrell
Jones expertly took on Ferrell’s impressions of Alex Trebek, George W. Bush and Haray Caray. She even tackled Ferrell's legendary “More Cowbell" impression. ALSO: Michael Che and Colin Jost talked to Seth Meyers about being co-head writers and which sketches they failed to get on air.
Posted Sunday 12/17/17 at 12:55PM EST
Leslie Jones spoofed Omarosa's White House exit on SNL
“I demand a retraction,” Jones’ Omarosa said on “Weekend Update.” “I left that job by choice. That’s right, I quit! I deactivated my ID card. I changed the locks on my own office. I escorted myself of the premises… and then I threw myself into the bushes.” ALSO: Sam Rockwell will host the first SNL episode of 2018.