“I don’t miss it. At all,” the 53-year-old comedian and actress told Entertainment Tonight.
“That job was hard, man. That job was like two jobs and very restrictive, too. I wasn’t very free there,” she said last week.
Jones initially started as a writer for “SNL” and made a controversial on-screen debut in May 2014, joking that she wouldn’t be single in the times of slavery. She was added to the cast as a featured player in the fourth episode of season 40.
By 2016, Jones was promoted to a repertory player. She retired from the role three years later. Her last appearance, after 105 episodes, was on May 18, 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,” Jones wrote on Instagram after making her big move. “Lorne Michaels, you’ve changed my life in so many ways! Thank you for being my mentor and confidant and for always having my back.”
Since leaving “SNL,” Jones has worked on “The Angry Birds Movie 2” and “Coming 2 America.”
She will now serve as host of the rebooted game show “Supermarket Sweep,” which premieres Sunday evening. The original version became a global sensation in the 1960s.
Jones told ET that she was able to have a little more control on the upcoming ABC show. For example, she allowed her contestants to “design” their game show sweatshirts.
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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 always having my back. You not only have my loyalty but you have my heart!! 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. 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!! 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 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
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Leslie Jones doesn’t miss ‘SNL,’ says wasn’t free there!! Leslie Jones doesn’t miss ‘SNL,’ says wasn’t free there!!