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Leslie Jones Not Returning To 'Saturday Night Live' Season 45

By Ryan Naumann

Comedian Leslie Jones has decided she will not be returning to “Saturday Night Live” for season 45.

According to Deadline, Jones has decided to not return this fall as a series regular on “SNL” after finishing five seasons.

Jones has been on the show since 2014 and quickly became a fan favorite ever with her sketches. She earned two best supporting actress Emmy nomination in 2017 and 2018.

Sources told the outlet that Jones made the decision to leave before her contract was up. A normal “SNL” contract has each cast member signed for seven years, with the option to pick up the deal at the end of every year.

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Jones' career has been on fire lately with her being cast in the “Coming To America” sequel with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall along with an upcoming Netflix comedy special.

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The outlet also reports Kate McKinnon will be returning for another season, making it her eight on “SNL”. McKinnon reportedly was debating whether to return for another season since January and only made her decision at the last minute. It is unclear based on reports if she will come back for the full season.

Her side projects include the highly-anticipated Hulu limited series “Dropout”, about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos.


Jones didn’t seem to be too concerned about leaving the show, making no mention on social media, but taking Twitter to task.

She wrote, “Like f--k @Twitter right now y’all are the WORST TO POST ON!! Ugh!! Been trying to post a video for two hours just goes to drafts!! Get your f--king shit together or I’m gonna stop using you real talk!”

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