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The double-edged sword of Hollywood has slain SNL fans. Multiple sources have confirmed that Leslie Jones will not be returning for Saturday Night Live’s upcoming 45th season, with the comedian instead focusing on her growing movie career. We love seeing Jones in movies. But we also love seeing Jones every Saturday night on SNL. There’s a ‘having your cake and eating it too’ analogy in here.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones has opted to not return to the NBC sketch show, which she first joined in 2014. Jones made history as the oldest new cast member, with the comedian joining SNL at age 47. One of the only black women to be featured on SNL, Jones quickly made her mark thanks to her numerous appearances on Weekend Update, which often included Jones hilariously hitting on co-host Colin Jost. The comedian famously played Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg and often ‘broke’ during some of the show’s funniest sketches, quickly endearing herself to the audience. Jones has earned three Emmy nominations for her work on SNL, including nods for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017 and 2018 and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for her 2019 digital short U.E.S. with James McAvoy.

 

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Jones has yet to make a public statement about her SNL departure, but it’s not from lack of trying.

Throughout Jones’ five seasons on SNL, the comedian has continued to work on feature films, including the highly publicized reboot of Ghostbusters, which also starred SNL alum Kristen Wiig and Jones’ SNL co-star Kate McKinnon (don’t worry, McKinnon is returning for Season 45 of SNL, so we don’t have to cancel our cable subscription just yet). Jones, or at least her voice, appears in the upcoming Angry Birds 2.

Working with SNL legend Eddie Murphy, Jones is set to co-star in the upcoming sequel to Murphy’s groundbreaking 1988 comedy Coming To America. Jones is also confirmed to be starring opposite Kristen Bell in the film Queenpins, which stars the two women as Phoenix housewives who use counterfeit coupons to build a $40 million empire.

Jones has also secured her first Netflix standup special as well as a hosting gig on the newly rebooted Supermarket Sweep, which is currently being bid on by NBC, ABC, Netflix and Fox. We can’t believe Jones won’t be returning to SNL this year, but we are comforted by the fact that her departure means we’ll get to see Jones screaming at contestants to grab honey hams as fast as possible.

Plus, there are always the 2020 Summer Olympics to look forward to with Jones.