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Leslie Jones to Attend Olympics as NBC Contributor

Leslie Jones to Attend Olympics as NBC Contributor

In this June 25, 2017 file photo, Leslie Jones speaks at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Jones is joining NBC’s coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics as a contributor, reprising her role from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 01:35 PM

Leslie Jones is returning to the Olympics as a contributor to NBC's coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics, reprising her role from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The network said Tuesday that the "Saturday Night Live" comedian will attend Olympic events, meet athletes and spread her enthusiasm for the games on television and online. The games run Feb. 9-25.

Jones posted a photo on Twitter of her dressed in red, white and blue gear while working out on an exercise machine with the caption, "Guess What Time It is Y'all!!!!! And Guess Where I'm Going!!!!! Slay All Day USA!!!!!!!"

During the Rio Games, Jones had been live-tweeting while watching the games in the U.S. and posted a video of herself decked out in the American flag and wearing plastic gold medals. Upon seeing it, NBC Olympics president Jim Bell invited her to Rio.

Bell says: "Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else. Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating."

Jones was an Emmy nominee for "SNL" and hosted last year's BET Awards.

More AP Olympic coverage: https://wintergames.ap.org

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Super fan Leslie Jones is returning to the Olympics, reprising her role from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games as a contributor to NBC's coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics.
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