Why Leslie Jones Does Not Miss Saturday Night Live: 'I Wasn't Very Free There'
The comedian, 53, recently told Entertainment Tonight that she doesn’t miss the sketch comedy show “at all.”
“I don’t miss it. At all,” she said, adding that she does miss her old fellow cast member Kenan Thompson, who means “so much” to her.
“That job was hard, man,” Jones said. “That job was like two jobs and very restrictive too. I wasn’t very free there.”
Jones first joined the NBC series in 2014 as a writer and quickly became a prominent cast member during the Weekend Update segments, earning three Emmy nominations during her five seasons.
Jones announced she wouldn’t be returning for SNL’s 45th season last fall, sharing that she was leaving a “better performer” because of the show. Now, she has embarked on a new venture that she told ET is “a comedian’s dream come true” — hosting the reboot of Supermarket Sweep.
The fast-paced series, which originally debuted in 1965, follows three teams of two as they use their smart shopping skills to battle and fill their baskets with the best grocery items — all to win big cash prizes.
Earlier this week, Jones opened up to PEOPLE about why she’s excited for the new show, which premieres Sunday on ABC.
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“This one was really special because I wanted to give money to regular people,” she said. “If you give somebody $100,00, that's the biggest 'God bless you' you could ever give to somebody. I want people to see that it's possible to still win.”
“The game play in sweep has always been the strongest part of the show,” Jones continued. "Now I am bringing a little bit of me and joy and fun and joking and messing with the contestants. It's just wonderful. You get to see their real personality when they pull up to the sweep, you're like, ‘Oh, this is what you're about. Oh, okay. I like this.’”
Another new spin Jones is adding? Everybody’s a winner: “If they don't win the big money, they get to take home the total of the cart. So there's no losing.”