"Saturday Night Live" has promoted writer and sometimes "Weekend Update" guest Leslie Jones to a cast member. NBC confirmed the news to HuffPost Entertainment after Deadline.com broke the story. Jones and the show tweeted their excitement:
It's official I'm a cast member!!! Get ready! Get ready!! @nbcsnl
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) October 20, 2014
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 20, 2014
Jones has been a staff writer on the show since early 2014 and was one of 12 finalists for a cast spot that ended up going to Sasheer Zamata last year. Since joining "SNL," she's appeared in memorable "Weekend Update" segments, including a controversial bit on slavery last May. She'll start as a cast member this week, on Oct. 25 when Jim Carrey hosts. Jones has also appeared in "The League," "Workaholics" and "Top Five," which comes out in December.