*Leslie Jones is getting a promotion at “Saturday Night Live.”
According to Deadline.com, Jones will make her debut as a “regular” during this Saturday’s show hosted by Jim Carrey. She’s been a writer for “SNL” since January and has popped up several times in Weekend Update — once causing a stir for her skit on slavery.
Jones will be “SNL’s” second black female cast member this year, after Sasheer Zamata was hired earlier in January. The show had been criticized for its lack of black female cast members, which led to auditions held exclusively for black owmen.
Zamata in January, making her the first black female cast member on the show since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. Shortly afterward, SNL hired Jones and LaKendra Tookes as writers.
Jones, who will continue to write for the show, joins Pete Davidson as the second new cast member for the fall season.