Almost a week after news broke of Leslie Jones leaving “Saturday Night Live,” the actress and comedian is breaking her silence.
In a lengthy series of tweets Tuesday, Jones, 51, teased her post-”SNL” plans.
“I know you will be as excited as I am when you see some of the amazing projects and adventures that I have coming up very soon!” she tweeted with the hashtag #iamnotdeadjustgraduating.
Earlier in her thread, she thanked the cast and crew of the show.
“I cannot thank NBC, the producers, writers, and amazing crew enough for making ‘SNL’ my second home these last five years,” she wrote.
“To the incredible cast members: I will miss working, creating and laughing with you,” she added. ”I will miss holding it down with Kenan (Thompson) everyday, I will miss (Cecily Strong’s) impression of me making me laugh at myself often, I will miss (Kate McKinnon’s) loving hugs and talks when I needed. And of course Colin (Jost), you porcelain-skinned Ken doll. I will miss all my cast mates!!”
She continued, “Especially being at the table reads with them!! Everyone needs to know Leslie Jones couldn’t have done any of the things I did without these people.
One last thing – to the fans – you are the BEST!! Thank you for all the love and support through my ‘SNL’ years.”
Jones was originally hired as a writer in 2014, but she quickly broke out with topical, hard-hitting commentaries on “Weekend Update” and became a regular performer.
She received her third Emmy nomination in July, had a long career in comedy before “SNL” and the series raised her profile, creating acting opportunities in films such as “Ghostbusters” and a number of TV series.
Contributing: Bill Keveney
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