The Smart, Talented, and Utterly Hilarious Leslie Jones Is SNL’s Newest Cast Member

October 21, 2014 1:33 AM

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The Smart, Talented, and Utterly Hilarious Leslie Jones Is SNL’s Newest Cast Member

The latest dispatch from Lorneland involves an auspicious promotion: Leslie Jones, an SNL writer for the past year, has been hired as the show’s newest cast member. Jones will be a featured player beginning with this week’s episode, hosted by Jim Carrey.

The move isn’t entirely unexpected: SNL loves to promote from within, and Jones was clearly being groomed for greater exposure via a handful of appearances on Weekend Update. Still, her ascent has been swift. Late in 2013, when long-gestating concerns with SNL’s race problem had reached a fever pitc...

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