UPDATED, 2:43 PM: Leslie Jones confirmed on Twitter today that she is headed to Rio de Janeiro to work on NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics. Jones will be joining the network as an Olympic correspondent in Rio later this week, NBC Sports told Deadline. “Starting this Friday, Jones will attend live Olympic events, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics and beach volleyball; meet athletes; and spread her passion for sports and the Olympics on-air and online,” NBC said in a statement. It’s a corporate move for the actress, who is a castmember on Saturday Night Live.
PREVIOUSLY, August 7: Plenty of plebs and celebs alike have been tweeting in support of the U.S. Olympic team now that the 2016 Rio Olympics have kicked off, but perhaps none more so than comedian Leslie Jones. The SNL castmember and Ghostbusters star has been tweeting a storm of hugely enthusiastic and patriotic comments and photos, often draped in the American flag or wearing a jumpsuit with the flag’s colors. Jones’ entertaining tweets started to go viral last night and eventually caught the attention of NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell, who extended an invitation to Jones for her to go down to Rio and join in the network’s coverage.
Details on Jones’ trip to Rio are reportedly being worked out. Already being employed by the peacock network, there’s obviously some beneficial cross-promotional opportunities to be had bringing Jones to Rio. Even so, Jones’ Twitter feed has been a wildly entertaining trip into the Olympics fever rabbit hole, especially as it follows a very serious bout of racist and sexist harassment Jones endured on Twitter after the release of the Ghostbusters remake. That’s clearly in the past now, as she’s been live-tweeting her viewing of the games since they began. Read on for a sampling of that below.