Leslie Jones Named New SNL Cast Member

Leslie Jones Named New SNL Cast Member
Leslie Jones
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10/20/2014 AT 10:50 PM EDT

Saturday Night Live just added a new face to the cast of its 40th season.

Leslie Jones is the latest lady to join the show as a full-fledged cast member after becoming a writer earlier this year.

Jones first auditioned for the coveted spot last fall as one of twelve finalists, but the role was ultimately offered to Sasheer Zamata.

And while Jones may not have gotten her big break right away, the comedian made an impression on showrunner Lorne Michaels, eventually making appearances on Weekend Update, Deadline reports.





In addition to her new gig in front of the camera, Jones, who will make her first official appearance as a full-time cast member when Jim Carrey hosts the show Oct. 25, will also stay on as a writer.

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