Leslie Jones Leaving Saturday Night Live After 5 Seasons
Leslie Jones earned three Emmy nominations during her five-season run on the NBC series
The comedian and actress, 51, first joined the NBC comedy sketch series in 2014 as a writer. She quickly became a prominent cast member during the “Weekend Update” segments, earning three Emmy nominations during her five seasons.
Jones will now be focusing on her new Netflix standup special, set to air in 2020. The special will begin filming in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 10, which she revealed last weekend on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
She is also set to star in The Angry Birds Movie 2 as the evil villain Zeta.
Meanwhile, Emmy winner and former SNL cast member Kate McKinnon has closed a deal to return to the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. McKinnon’s contract was up in May, after seven total seasons on the show.
Besides Jones, main cast members Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson are all set to star in the upcoming 45th season.
Woody Harrelson will kick off the season premiere on Sept. 28, with Billie Eilish as the musical guest. Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Stranger Things‘ David Harbour and Kristen Stewart will also host.
And Taylor Swift will take the stage to sing new songs off her hit album Lover on Oct. 5.
SNL returns Sept. 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.