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Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 10:27AM EST
Kathy Griffin: Leslie Jones was in talks to co-host CNN's New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper
SNL star Jones ended up serving as a contributor to NBC's New Year's Eve coverage, but Griffin claims in a New Year's Eve tweetstorm that there were serious talks to have Jones replace Andy Cohen on CNN, one year after he replaced Griffin. Griffin says she heard that NBC objected to Jones appearing on CNN, but said that that didn't make sense since Cohen works for NBC Universal, too. "As I started asking around to find out when CNN was going to announce Leslie as co-host, I heard that they had downgraded her to a couple of segments or some sort of a guest role," Griffin tweeted, adding: "Anything less than co-hosting screams to me very little or no pay, and a lack of respect for someone who is such a proven talent, has a big fan base, and knows what she’s doing. She has paid her dues and then some!" CNN has yet to respond to Griffin's allegations.
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 1:08PM EST
Carson Daly's NBC New Year's Eve special will feature Chrissy Teigen, Leslie Jones and Keith Urban
Source: E! Online
Teigen and Jones will join Daly from Times Square, while Urban will perform live from Nashville.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Baltimore Police union slams SNL's "grossly inapt portrayal"
Source: The Baltimore Sun
Last week's "Traffic Stop" sketch featuring Ego Nwodim and Leslie Jones as Baltimore Police officers who stop and flirt with Seth Meyers' drunk driver character didn't go over well with the Baltimore Police union. “Many of our members, especially our younger ones, are struggling with their choice of career and we are losing good and credible members daily," Lt. Gene Ryan, the president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, wrote in a letter to Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels on Wednesday. "It is a difficult time in Baltimore and to portray our brave, hard-working members with such an inappropriate manner is very unfortunate."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Leslie Jones was surprised to learn she waited on SNL co-star Mikey Day when she was 18
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"We were talking one day, and I found out — I'm 50 years old and Mikey's I think in his 30s — and he told me that when he was little, he used to go to this restaurant in Orange County called Spoons. And he remembered this lady who used to wait on him. Dude — I was the f*cking lady!
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Leslie Jones hopes SNL cuts down on the "political stuff" next season
“I hope next year we can do more funnier stuff instead of a lot of political stuff this year, which we had to,” Jones said in an interview with The Wrap. “There was so much stuff that was happening, there was no way that our show, with the responsibility that we have, would not to cover that stuff. It was just too important. But I do hope that next year will be a lot more funny-funny based stuff, more comedy based stuff instead of a lot of political stuff.” Jones added that comedy can't "always be serious. You need The Three Stooges just as much as you need John Oliver.” Jones also expressed frustration that longtime cast member Kenan Thompson isn't more appreciated. “People are not really realizing how much of a foundation he is to the cast," she said. "Most of the stuff that you see him in that works, it works because of him. He’s the glue to all of it. It’s very infuriating to see people not notice that.” ALSO: SNL's Pete Davidson paid $93,000 for the engagement ring he gave Ariana Grande.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Leslie Jones vows to protest nude at NBC if Timeless isn't renewed
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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?
Source: Vanity Fair
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"
Source: The Big Lead
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
Source: Los Angeles Times
"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
Source: Chicago Tribune
"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
Source: The New York Times
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.”