by Jackson Lord
Leslie Jones will be back at the Games – and, no, not Game of Thrones, that’s her other obsession. The SNL cast member will once again join NBC Olympics as a contributor on its coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The assignment is a no-brainer, given Jones’ super-fan status, first made evident with her enthusiastic tweets while watching the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – tweets that caught the attention of NBC higher-ups and got her an assignment to attend the Games, meet and interview athletes.
Now she’ll do the same in PyeongChang.
“Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating.”
The “Saturday Night Live” star will appear on TV and digital platforms, meeting athletes and covering live events, Entertainment Weekly reports.
In 2016, Jones delighted her Twitter followers with uproarious commentary on the Rio Games, including this photo of her decked out in red, white and blue.
Her viral tweets were often curse-filled commentary on any given sport that she was watching on TV. That attracted the attention of NBC sports producers, who invited her to the Rio Games in its last few days, where she met swimming champions Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel and palled around with Matthew McConaughy. So it’s a natural that Jones would be picked to join the Winter Games crew.
The Games kick off Feb. 8. NBC plans to blanket its cable channels and the NBC News digital platform with 2,400 hours of programming, including 1,800 hours of live streaming on NBCOlympics.com and the NBCSports appl. The programming includes live coverage, original stories and broadcasts of “NBC Nightly News” with Lester Holt. There will be a 14-hour time difference, so NBC will make adjustments, such as offering a live stream of the Opening Ceremony, with an edited version running in prime time on Feb. 9.