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'SNL' star Leslie Jones' tweets land her a gig in Rio

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'SNL' star Leslie Jones' tweets land her a gig in Rio

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>> Her patriotic, passionate and hilarious live tweeting of the Olympics have led some to call actress Leslie Jones the game's best commentator. And now->> Guess who's going to Rio? Guess who's going to Rio?>> The Saturday night live in Ghostbuster's star promoted by NBC from her couch to Brazil.
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Where she'll serve as a contributor attending events and appearing on other Olympic theme programming. Jones publicly courted by Olympic's producer Jim Bell himself. Her story quite the tale of Twitter redemption. Jones famously quit the social media site just weeks ago after receiving an ugly barrage of racist tweets upon Ghostbusters release.
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But returning a few days later. Saying she was unable to resist live tweeting during Game of Thrones. Her new Olympic gig comes ironically as two of her Saturday Night Live colleagues lose their spots on the late night show. Veteran stars Jay Farrow and Taran Killam dropped by the network in a cash shake up.
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NBC confirming it did not pick up their contract options for what would have been a seventh season for each.