“Saturday Night Live” has added a new cast member, and as the NBC late-night sketch comedy staple likes to do, it promoted from within. Deadline.com reports that the show elevated actress and comedian Leslie Jones from her position as a writer on the show to a role as a featured player.
Jones, who has been a writer on “SNL” since early 2014, was one of 12 finalists who auditioned to join as a cast member back in fall 2013. That role went to Sasheer Zamata, but Jones was hired as a writer. She ended up making some on-screen appearances, with Deadline noting, “Her bit on slavery in May made a lot of noise, and she also was featured in the ‘SNL’ season premiere last month.
Leslie Jones on “SNL”