'Saturday Night Live' Comedian Leslie Jones Joins NBC Winter Olympics Coverage Team
The Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones is joining NBC's on-air talent team who will cover the Olympics at Pyongyang, South Korea
Leslie's Olympics Coverage
The SNL star is going global in February. NBC has announced that Jones will cover the XXIII Olympic Winter Games as an on-air contributor.
"Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else. Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating," said Jim Bell, NBC Olympics production and programming.
Jones took to Twitter on Jan. 30 to share her announcement. The comedian wore an all patriotic gear and a medal around her neck as she used the elliptical.
— Leslie Jones
Fans Love Leslie
As soon as Jones posted the tweet, many of her fans commented how excited they were that Jones was covering the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.
"Yes!!!!! I wish I was going with you. Please go to curling. Get some of those loud red, white and blue pants like Norway wars! It's going to be amazing! So jealous. I know you will yell for all of us and don't forget your cowbell. GO USA!" wrote one Twitter user.
Other Twitter followers posted GIFS that included the classic 'We're not worthy' bow from Wayne's World and the 'I Slay, I Slay, I Slay All Day' scene from Girls Trip.
Jones And Couric
The SNL star is not the only familiar face that NBC is bringing to Pyongyang, South Korea.
Former Today co-anchor Katie Couric is expected to assist former ESPN anchor Mike Tirico in covering the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, which is scheduled to air on Friday, Feb. 9. The XXIII Winter Olympics will be the fourth Olympics that Couric covered for NBC.
Couric previously covered the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Jones' Wild Ride
Jones continues to be one of Saturday Night Live's valuable cast members as she helped the NBC comedy series earn 22 Emmy nominations for the 2016-17 television season. One of the memorable sketches that Jones starred in was "Love and Leslie," which put the spotlight on her "romance" with Kyle Mooney.
By joining the Winter Olympics on-air team, Jones is expected to bring the same kind of colorful commentary that she provided when NBC Sports invited her to cover the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janerio, Brazil.
NBC will broadcast the 2018 Winter Olympics from Feb. 9 to 25.