Saturday Night Live Star Leslie Jones Says Goodbye

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Days after news broke that Saturday Night Live favorite Leslie Jones would not return this season, the 51-year-old broke her silence.

She teased “amazing” things: "I know you will be as excited as I am when you see some of the amazing projects and adventures that I have coming up very soon!" 

Jones went on to thank her castmates and SNL’s creative team: "I cannot thank NBC, the producers, writers, and amazing crew enough for making 'SNL' my second home these last five years. To the incredible cast members: I will miss working, creating and laughing with you. I will miss holding it down with Kenan (Thompson) everyday, I will miss (Cecily Strong’s) impression of me making me laugh at myself often, I will miss (Kate McKinnon's) loving hugs and talks when I needed. And of course Colin (Jost), you porcelain-skinned Ken doll. I will miss all my cast mates!!"

She continued:  "Especially being at the table reads with them!! Everyone needs to know Leslie Jones couldn’t have done any of the things I did without these people. One last thing – to the fans – you are the BEST!! Thank you for all the love and support through my 'SNL' years."

Jones was hired as a writer in 2014, and then quickly became a regular performer. She earned her third Emmy nom in July.