Leslie Jones Hired As SNL Cast Member, 5 Months After Controversial Slave Joke
This past May, Saturday Night Live writer Leslie Jones was heavily criticized for a joke she told on-air regarding slavery. She claimed if she was a slave her love life would be better because plantation owners would have arranged a relationship for her. A risky joke alluding to slave-breeding, it was deemed hilarious and/or awful by many.
Whether you thought the controversial joke was hilarious or uncouth, there’s much more of her to come. Jones has been hired to join the SNL cast as a full-time member. People magazine reports, Jones initially auditioned last year for the role but it was given to Sasheer Zamata. Although she was not hired as a cast member initially, Jones made appearances on the show’s “Weekend Update” segment.
Jones’ first appearance as a full-time cast member will be on October 25 when comedian Jim Carey hosts the show. She will also continue as a writer for SNL.
Here is the video of Jones performing her controversial slave joke.
Are you excited to see more of Jones in front of the camera?