Leslie Jones Added to NBC Rio Olympics Coverage
The 'Saturday Night Live' star will be in Rio by Friday.
Leslie Jones loves watching the Olympics and tweeting about it, and now her fandom has earned her a trip to cover the Rio Games.
Jones, a breakout castmember of NBC's Saturday Night Live and co-star of this summer's Ghostbusters, is on her way to Brazil to help the network with coverage as a contributor. She'll add her own flare and excitement in person just as she has been doing on social media since the Olympics started this week, a rep for NBC told The Hollywood Reporter.
Jones shared the news she was going to Rio over social media on Monday, but she did not specify what she will be doing.
The comic recently added to her already large Twitter following when she began to post enthusiastic messages and videos about the Games. Her excitement was so infectious, NBC Sports' Olympics executive producer Jim Bell invited her to attend. Her role is being described as a "contributor" who will attend events and post on social media, in addition to making appearances on NBC's various Olympics-related programs.
Jones will be in Rio by Friday, sources say.
RIO BOUND BABY USA! USA!! pic.twitter.com/Gkaxr2UOPl— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
We gonna win everything I'm telling you!! I AM AMERICAN SPIRIT!! USA!! USA!! pic.twitter.com/RGAAKrnsga— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
Ok packing I'm in the middle of watching Olympics so I might miss some stuff!!— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016