Leslie Jones to Leave ‘Saturday Night Live’

Lawrence Kim
August 30, 2019

She was upped to a featured player later that year.

On Monday, "Saturday Night Live " announced its initial lineup for Season 45, which kicks off September 28 with a show hosted by Woody Harrelson and featuring Billie Eilish as musical guest. But even so, her big shortcoming was not having a roster of characters or impressions that made her a vital part of the series.

This image released by NBC shows Gal Gadot, center, and Leslie Jones, right during a sketch on "Saturday Night Live".

An SNL staple since 2014, Jones has twice been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards (in 2017 and 2018). She is also one of a small group of African-American women to join the show, and her hire was seen by many as a way for the show to bring more diversity to its ranks.

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Moreover, reports indicate that Leslie also got her hands on a Netflix deal for a brand new comedy special, and she also has a few other film projects in the works as well. She recently lent her voice to "The Angry Birds Movie 2" and has reportedly been in talks to appear in Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" sequel, AP points out. She'll also star in Queenpins with Kristen Bell, the story of the largest counterfeit coupon caper in history and I Am Maurice with Chris Rock, an inspirational tale about a Haitian immigrant who comes to America after the natural disaster of 2010 to fulfill his dream of being a boxer.

Coincidentally, Eddie Murphy will host SNL this season, but Leslie won't be there for it.

The Ghostbusters star will not be back as a regular when the weekly show returns next month, but other long-time castmates Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson will be back for another run.

The revolving door of Saturday Night Live has claimed another one.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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