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Saturday Night Live - Season 44

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Comedian Leslie Jones is leaving “Saturday Night Live,” According to EW, Jones has decided to leave the historic sketch comedy show less than a month before season 45 begins.

After years of questions about the lack of Black women on the show, Jones joined the cast in 2014, appearing for the first time in the Weekend Update segment. By the fall, she was promoted to a feature player. Throughout her tenure on the show, she was the oldest cast member at 47-years-old.

For the past three years, Jones has been nominated for Emmys for her performance on SNL. In 2017 and 2018, she was nominated for a Supporting Actress Emmy. This year, she was nominated for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for “The Upper East Side.”

Reportedly, Jones decided to leave the series in order to focus on her film career. She will star, alongside Chris Rock, in a new independent drama I Am Maurice. She’ll work with Kristen Bell in another film Queenpins. And she’s currently filming the Coming 2 America sequel with a fellow comedian and SNL veteran Eddie Murphy.

Earlier this month, Jones also announced that she would participate in a comedy special for Netflix which will air next year.

Seems like she’ll have plenty to keep her occupied. And of course with the immense talent that she is, we wish her all the best.

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