If you love watching Saturday Night Life, popularly known as SNL, then you surely would have noticed Leslie Jones. Unfortunately, the young comedian will not be returning to the SNL set after this week.
The news of her departure from one of the hit variety TV show has been buzzing the media non-stop. Many are flocking the web to know more about her. So, allow us to enlighten you on this matter.
But first, here are some interesting facts about Leslie.
Leslie Jones: Quick Facts
|Birth Name||Annette Jones|
|Other Name||Leslie Jones|
|Birth Date||September 7, 1967|
|Birth Place||Memphis, Tennessee, USA|
|Education||Chapman University, Colorado State University|
|Height||6 feet (183 cm)|
|Net Worth||$5 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
Leslie Jones leaves SNL
Many SNL fans are saddened by the news of Leslie Jones’s departure from the SNL. One of the SNL cast members announced her exit a month before the beginning of season 45, making season 44 her last.
The American Comedian and actress first joined the NBC Comedy Sketch series as a writer back in 2014. Soon she became a prominent cast member during the ‘Weekend Update’ segments. Likewise, Jones would often comment on politics and social issues.
Jones was one of the oldest members to join the cast at the age of 47. Despite that, her work in SNL has already earned her Emmy nomination for the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series both in 2017 and 2018.
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After she departs from the show, Jones will be focusing on her projects. We can see Jones on her new Netflix standup special, which is set to air in 2020. Moreover, she will appear as the evil villain Zeta in The Angry Birds Movie 2.
Well, even though the news is heartbreaking, we wish all the best for her future endeavors.
Early Life and Childhood
Leslie Jones was born as Annette Jones on September 7, 1967, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The American born Jones belongs to African-American ethnicity. Her father used to serve in the US Army, which led her family to move frequently.
They finally settled in Los Angeles after her father took a job as an electronics engineer at KJLH, Stevie Wonder‘s radio station. There she attended high school in Lynwood, California.
Furthermore, she attended Chapman University in Orange, California, after receiving a basketball scholarship. Later she transferred to Colorado State University following her coach’s request. After changing her majors a few times, Jones finally took significant in communications.
Age and Height
Talking about her age, Leslie is 51 years as of now. She celebrates her birthday every year on September 7. Also, her zodiac sign is Virgo. Similarly, Jones stands at an astounding height of 6 feet(183 cm).
Because of her height, Jones was initially insecure about her looks. But eventually, she took her father’s advice and used her height to her advantage by playing basketball. Apart from that, she weighs 78 kg(172 lbs).
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Likewise, the American Comedian and actress has an athletic figure which measures 38-26-40 inches. Also, she has black eyes and short black hair.
Leslie Jones: Husband and Personal Life
When it comes to personal life, Leslie can be very secretive. As of now, the former SNL member has not revealed any information regarding her own life. Also, she is not linked with any dating rumors and controversies.
However, Jones did once confess that she was dating someone. She stated,
“It’s a secret, so I don’t want everyone annoying him if you know what I’m saying?”
Leslie Jones: Early Career and Success
Leslie started her career as a stand-up comedian when one of her friends signed her up for a “Funniest Person on Campus” contest. She won the competition and decided to pursue her career in comedy.
Similarly, the young comedian moved to Los Angeles and started performing at regular clubs. Despite her continuous efforts, Jones did not get any positive response. Because of it, she stopped playing for three years.
Later in 2008, Jones returned with Its Pimpin’ Pimpin’ tour alongside Katt Williams. After that, she auditioned for SNL in 2013, as we know, the rest is history.
Apart from SNL, Jones has also performed in other comedy festivals like Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, the Aspen Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Laffapalooza-Urban Comedy Arts Festival, BET’s The Way We Do It and Comicview and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.
Net Worth and Income
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jones has an estimated net worth of $5 million. She collected an impressive amount from her involvement with SNL. As reported, first-year cast members make about $7,000 per episode and $147,000 per season.
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Similarly, with the duration, each cast member’s salary keeps on increasing. The longest and prominent characters are paid the highest in the show. So, considering Jones’s caliber and role in the show, she likely earns somewhere around the mid to more top end of that spectrum.
Besides, she earns extra bucks from her acting career as well. So far, she has worked in many movies such as National security(2003), Lottery Ticket(2010), Trainwreck(2015), Ghostbusters(2016), Masterminds(2016), and so on.
Also, Jones has shown her acting skills in numerous TV shows alike. In The House(1996), Coach(1997), American Body Shop(2007), The League(2013), The Awesomes(2015), The Blacklist(2016) are some of the TV shows that she has appeared on.
Social Media Presence
Instagram– 1.2 million Followers
Twitter– 996k Followers