‘Saturday Night Live’ Names New Cast Member

Oct 21, 2014  •  Post A Comment

“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.

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Leslie Jones on “SNL”

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