Leslie Jones Shares Parting Message for 'Saturday Night Live'
After five seasons on the sketch show, Jones is focusing on other projects, but she's sent a message of thanks to the likes of NBC, the SNL producers, writers, crew and showrunner Lorne Michaels.
She also thanked her castmates, particularly Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon — and, of course, Colin Jost ("you porcelain-skinned Ken doll").
Jones closed by sharing her appreciation for the fans of SNL, and promised that they "will be as excited as I am when you see some of the amazing projects and adventures that I have coming up very soon."
Read her full message, complete with a video slideshow of some her favourite moments on SNL, below.
Jones is slated to star in her own Netflix stand-up special and also has a number of film projects in the works.
As previously reported, SNL is set to return on September 28 with Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish. Other confirmed guests include Eddie Murphy, Taylor Swift, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Camila Cabello, Kristen Stewart and David Harbour.
1/5— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) September 3, 2019
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
2/5— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) September 3, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/SStsLjip1B
3/5— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) September 3, 2019
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!! pic.twitter.com/ZYfccj14xn
4/5— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) September 3, 2019
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 pic.twitter.com/S8O1nixxps
5/5— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) September 3, 2019
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 pic.twitter.com/Uu0vLz3Khj