Leslie Jones Returning to NBC Olympics After Six-Year Break

It’s been six years since Olympics superfan Lesie Jones last traveled with NBC to help cover the games, but the former SNL cast member (and current Daily Show contributor) is coming back.

Jones is the third late-night comic to be added to the network’s coverage of the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

She joins Jimmy Fallon, who will be co-hosting the Closing Ceremony alongside NBC Sports commentator Mike Tirico, and Kenan Thompson, who’s set to  co-host an Olympic recap series with Kevin Hart on Peacock. 

Jones is no stranger to NBC’s Olympics coverage. In 2016, the network invited her to join their Rio de Janeiro coverage following her live-tweeting of the event went viral. She returned for the Winter Olympics in Korea in 2018. 

This year’s summer games will mark her first time on-site at an Olympics in 6 years, since the previous two were covered remotely amid the pandemic.

THR reports Jones will serve as the “chief super fan commentator,” with segments airing across the NBCUniverse, including the NBC television network and Peacock.

Jones is best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she was a cast member from 2014-2019. In late March of this year, she joined The Daily Show as a contributor after guest hosting the Comedy Central series for two week-long stints in 2022.

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