‘SNL’ star Leslie Jones headed to Rio to join NBC coverage

August 9, 2016
FILE - In this July 9, 2016 file photo, Leslie Jones arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Ghostbusters." ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Jones is joining NBC’s team at the Olympics in Rio, NBC announced on Monday, Aug. 8. NBC’s top producer invited Jones after seeing a serious of cheerleading tweets she sent about the Olympic games .(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — “Ghostbusters” star and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Leslie Jones is bringing her enthusiasm for the Olympic games to Rio itself.

NBC said Monday that Jones will join the networks’ Olympic coverage team on Friday. After seeing a series of tweets the comic had sent about the Olympics, including a video where she was wrapped in an American flag and wearing plastic gold medals, NBC Olympics Executive Producer Jim Bell invited her to join the team.

NBC says Jones will attend Olympic events, meet athletes and talk about the Games on the air and online.

Jones has moved up fast at NBC, joining “SNL” as a writer two years ago and becoming a cast member last year. She starred with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in “Ghostbusters.”

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