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An email to Jones' representatives was not immediately returned. I'm so sorry. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. Nearly one year after Jones' departure from the show, "Saturday Night Live" is filming its 46th season in New York City with a live studio audience after completing its 45th season remotely as a precaution to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. What I learned there is great, but I don't miss the hundred hours a week.". This is even worse. Fans love when you live-tweet the Olympics. Looking for smart ways to get more from life? It’s escaping to have joy. That job was like two jobs and very restrictive too. “I miss Kenan [Thompson] but I don’t miss [it]. Leslie Jones surprised many fans when she announced she was leaving "Saturday Night Live" in 2019 after starring in the sketch-comedy series for five years. “She was like, ‘I gotta go.’ And I lost my ever-living mind,” Jones remembers. “I trained my roommate; I made her watch the show; I made her run up and down grocery stores,” she said. “So when we got to the audition, we were destroying teams, and she turns around and looks at me and says, ‘I have to go to work.’ I was like… ‘I’m not riding home with you.'”. The post Leslie Jones: ‘I don’t miss SNL’ appeared first on TheGrio. "Of course, I learned a lot at 'SNL.' Jones: It is, because everybody walks around with that mask. She performed at regular clubs and worked at Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles and UPS to make ends meet. The comedian, 53, who starred in 2016's "Ghostbusters" and will be seen in "Coming 2 America," talked to USA TODAY about grocery shopping; pandemic advice for the president and leaving "SNL.". But Jones didn’t get to the audition finals because her roommate had to head to work at Los Angeles’ famed eatery, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. Try Plan It™ Instalments, Maya Rudolph on potential for 4 years of Kamala Harris impression: 'Let's go. In 2019, she announced that she was not returning for Season 45, which premiered on Sept. 28 that year. At all,” Jones told Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier, in a new interview. It's very restrictive. AD Almost a week after news broke of Leslie Jones leaving "Saturday Night Live," the actress and comedian is breaking her silence. "So regular people can go, but bougie people are going to go, too.". The 53-year-old comedian, who was a featured star on SNL from 2014-2019, became the oldest member to ever join the cast at 47. It was just such an exciting show.". Download our newest episodes now! Everyone needs to know Leslie Jones couldn’t have done any of the things I did without these people. Additionally, Kate McKinnon, who had been rumored to be considering an exit, is expected to stay on board for Season 45, the source said. But I really like the hot food section. I wasn’t very free there.”. You can see what Leslie can do. However, Jones' exit leaves a hole in the lineup that won't be easily filled. "Everyone needs to know Leslie Jones couldn't have done any of the things I did without these people," Jones wrote in August 2019 of her "Saturday Night Live" castmates. I’ll do that for you, Bill. Mother Love and Dave Chappelle encouraged her to move to New York City to hone her craft for two years, where she appeared on BET's ComicView before returning to Los Angeles. Do you plan to live-tweet "Sweep"? People would have been like, "Dang, you know what? Account active After she won the contest, Jones left school and moved to Los Angeles. Like what you see here? Jones initially started as a writer for “SNL” and made a controversial on-screen debut in May 2014, joking that she wouldn’t be single in the times of slavery. Read More: Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira’s ‘Americanah’ series scrapped. The 53-year-old comedian, who was a featured star on SNL from 2014-2019, became the oldest member to ever join the cast at 47. Especially being at the table reads with them!! This is your second season away from "SNL." since. © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Jones was known for her frequent appearances on the mid-show Weekend Update news segment, where she'd frequently comment on politics and social issues like Alabama's abortion ban legislation, with must-watch results. The classic game show originated in 1965 but became popular during a 90s revival hosted by David Ruprecht. Supermarket Sweep debuts on ABC on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. Have you subscribed to theGrio’s podcast “Dear Culture”? Because I love Ralphs. Back in the day, $5,000 was a lot of money. “I don’t miss it. Seth Meyers inspires Leslie Jones on 'Game Of Jones'. After first being part of the writing staff, when Jones officially became part of the ensemble in 2014 it was the first time SNL had more than one African-American female cast member in its history. “I don’t think they were ever gonna let me on that lot again ‘cause I called her every type of name I could come up with. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, the comedian expressed gratitude toward NBC and her fellow cast members, while speaking out on the challenges of the job. "I don't miss it. That's where I go. She recently told Entertainment Tonight and USA Today that she doesn't miss being on the show "at all." Will Comedies Like ‘Borat 2,’ ‘On the Rocks’ and More Finally Get Some Academy Love? … but that's not a bad idea to maybe live-tweet the first hour. Download theGrio today! I know that would be terrible for me to just say it like that. While Leslie Jones became much more of a household name during her time on Saturday Night Live she says she’s not looking back. Jones: Since I'm back in L.A., yes. I love what I learned there, but I (was) 47. He's always awkward anyway. Jones started to do stand-up comedy in college in 1987, when a friend signed her up for a "Funniest Person on Campus" contest. I miss Kenan so much. Now I'm free and y'all can really see Leslie. Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. She recently told Entertainment Tonight and USA Today that she doesn't miss being on the show "at all.". And of course Colin, you porcelain-skinned Ken doll. You have clubs that do like 10 people in the (room) for social distance. She did say she does miss her former co-star Kenan Thompson, who’s been at SNL since 2003 and is now the longest-running cast member in the show’s 45-year run. The former 'Saturday Night Live' star says she wasn't 'free' on the long-running sketch show. Download our newest episodes now! Comic Leslie Jones, who became a star on 'Saturday Night Live,' was a big fan of the '90s version of the popular game show 'Supermarket Sweep.' The former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star says she wasn’t ‘free’ on the long-running sketch show. Leslie Jones left SNL late last summer, not returning for the 45th season, which would have been her sixth. That job was like two jobs and very restrictive too. 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