Leslie Jones' Twitter Commentary on the Olympics Is So Amazing that NBC Invited Her to Rio
The Saturday Night Live comedian spent all of Saturday taking in the first day of competition in the Games, cheering on Team U.S.A. decked out in red, white and blue.
“Yep I love the Olympics it’s the only time all countries come together to compete! I love it!!” Jones tweeted, along with a video showing off her star-spangled outfit complete with a flag draped over her shoulders and “Go Team U.S.A.” baseball cap.
The 48-year-old actress kept up her sports commentary all day long, from 19-year-old shooter Virginia “Ginny” Thrasher earning America’s first gold medal to three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings taking the sand for beach volleyball.
She even offered swimmer Maya Dirado support after she came in second in the women’s 400-meter individual medley to new world record-setter Katinka Hosszu of Hungary.
“It’s cool, that’s alright,” Jones says in a video. “Maya – we got silver, baby! Homegirl was just going really fast … like, really fast.”
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While fans celebrated Jones’ enthusiasm, her dedicated live-tweeting also caught the attention of NBC Olympics’ executive producer, Jim Bell.
Bell playfully extended an invite for Jones to join the Olympics coverage in Rio after a Twitter user pointed out that Jones’ commentary would not only help NBC’s ratings but also inspired Team U.S.A. to win more gold medals.
“You’re officially invited to Rio. Want to come?” Bell tweeted at the comedian.
Jones was definitely interested in the offer.
“Hmmmm don’t play cause y’all need me!” she responded. “I would have the whole Olympics pumped!!”
To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio Olympics begin Friday on NBC.