Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Leslie Jones Tweets Goodbye to “Saturday Night Live” After 5 Triumphant Years: Hashtag “I’m not dead, just graduating”


Leslie Jones will not be returning to “Saturday Night Live” this fall. It’s her choice and it makes sense. When she was hired five years ago, she was much older than the rest of the cast. She’s 50 now, and has became an overnight star after years of hard work. Now is her chance to go out in the world. She’s going to be fine. I remember a dinner Lorne Michaels hosted five years ago for the new cast with some press. I sat with Leslie and Pete Davidson. They weren’t regulars yet, just recurring. But they were hilarious at dinner, and everyone knew they’d break out in a big way. Congrats to Leslie. Can’t wait to see all the things she’s going to do next!

Here’s her Tweet goodbye:

“Yes it’s true I am leaving Saturday Night Live. I cannot thank NBC, the producers, writers, and amazing crew enough for making SNL my second home these last five years. Lorne Michaels, you’ve changed my life in so many ways! Thank you for being my mentor and confidant and for always having my back. You not only have my loyalty but you have my heart too! You have shown me skills I never imagined I had. I leave a better performer because of you. To the incredible cast members: I will miss working, creating and laughing with you.

I will miss holding it down with Kenan everyday, I will miss Cecily’s impression of me making me laugh at myself often, I will miss Kate’s loving hugs and talks when I needed. And of course Colin, you porcelain-skinned Ken doll. I will miss all my cast mates!! 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. and 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! Love you all!! #iamnotdeadjustgraduating
– Leslie”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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