Leslie Jones finally speaks out about leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’
She’s jonesing for life after “Saturday Night Live.”
Comedian Leslie Jones is speaking out for the first time about leaving the variety show since news broke last week, stating she’s “excited” for “some of the amazing projects and adventures” she has on the horizon.
In a five-tweet thread Tuesday, Jones confirmed she was splitting after five seasons and thanked the show’s producers, writers and crew “for making SNL my second home these last five years.”
She also gave a shout-out to the show’s creator and executive producer, Lorne Michaels, writing, “you’ve changed my life in so many ways!” She added of Michaels, “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.”
A source confirmed to the Daily News last week that Jones, 51, was leaving the NBC show prior to the upcoming 45th season premiere on Sept. 28.
1/5 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 pic.twitter.com/OjRrOx5owj
In her Tuesday tweets, she addressed fans, writing, “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!”
Jones also praised the “incredible” cast members she’s worked alongside on the comedy sketch show, writing that she’ll “miss working, creating and laughing” with them.
The actress, who starred in 2016's “Ghostbusters” reboot and voices Zeta in the new “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” cited former “SNL” costars Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon and Colin Jost by name.
“I will miss holding it down with Kenan everyday,” Jones wrote. “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.”