Leslie Jones will be back at the Games – and, no, not Game of Thrones, that’s her other obsession. The SNL cast member will once again join NBC Olympics as a contributor on its coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The assignment is a no-brainer, given Jones’ super-fan status, first made evident with her enthusiastic tweets while watching the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – tweets that caught the attention of NBC higher-ups and got her an assignment to attend the Games, meet and interview athletes.
Now she’ll do the same in PyeongChang.
“Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating.”
At the start of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Jones tweeted a video of herself in the American flag and wearing plastic gold medals, cheering for Team USA and displaying her love for the Olympics. Bell saw, and was impressed.
Jones more recently has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on Saturday Night Live, hosted the 2017 BET Awards and was included in the Time’s list of 100 most influential people for 2017.
NBC’s Live Primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics begins February 8.
Jones has already started her Olympics tweeting, and looks like she’s getting her ski legs ready.