‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds Leslie Jones to Cast

“SNL” writer will premiere as cast member Oct. .25

Last Updated: October 20, 2014 @ 6:17 PM

Live from New York, it’s Leslie Jones!

NBC’s late-night institution “Saturday Night Live” has brought Jones aboard as a cast member, a spokeswoman for the network told TheWrap on Monday.

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Jones, who joined the “SNL” writing cast early this year and has appeared on a handful of episodes, will make her debut on Oct. 25.

The comedian confirmed the news via Twitter on Monday, writing, “It’s official I’m a cast member!!! Get ready! Get ready!! @nbcsnl

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The comedian has also starred in her own Showtime comedy special “Problem Child,” and has appeared at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival.

Jones’ elevation to cast member comes shortly after former “SNL” writer and “The Daily Show” correspondent Michael Che was tapped to join Colin Jost as co-anchor of the show’s “Weekend Update” segment, replacing Cecily Strong.

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