Leslie Jones, the actress and comedienne who suffered from the harassment on Twitter trolls last month, has struck Olympic gold. Jones has hilariously been live tweeting her own commentary of the Olympic games, and it seems Leslie’s contagious American pride has prompted NBC to bring Jones to Rio to experience the Olympics in person.
According to US Weekly, Leslie was contacted by NBC executive producer Jim Bell, who took notice of Jones’ comically enthusiastic support of Team USA on Twitter and made the decision to add Leslie to the team of commentators in Rio.
Jones, who has emphatically expressed her fandom for the USA Olympic Team since opening ceremonies, has been watching Olympic events both on her television and computer simultaneously. Leslie often marvels at the athletic ability and tenacity of not only Team USA but all of the Olympic participants who are gritting it out in Rio.
Bell reached out to Jones Sunday night on Twitter, and Leslie confirmed via tweet that she was Rio bound to all of her followers on Monday.
Though Jones may give NBC censors a run for their money with her tendency to use curse words, they are sure to get a return on their investment by bringing Leslie to the airwaves as she brings a fresh take to what can sometimes be stodgy and boring commentary.
Some golden Jones Olympic moments include when Leslie tried to picture herself in the shoes of the athletes and when she sympathized with the stress gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents exhibited while watching their daughter compete.
Last month, Leslie Jones found herself on the defense as internet trolls attempted to take them head on by sharing some of the racial and misogynistic tweets she had received with the release of Ghostbusters. According to People, things got so ugly for Leslie that many people thought Jones had left social media.
Jones’ emotional unraveling resulted in a multitude of Hollywood’s elite and fans trending the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ to show support for Jones. Leslie would later go on Late Night with Seth Meyers to explain she hadn’t given up on social media but took a short break. It was during the interview with Seth Meyers that viewers got to experience just how hilarious Jones’ commentary could be.
Meyers shared a video in which he and Leslie Jones watched an episode of Game of Thrones together and even the normally composed Seth Meyers couldn’t keep a straight face as Jones narrated her thoughts and feelings of the episode.
Watch it here.
While no one is sure what to expect Leslie’s role to be for the NBC team, it’s not difficult to find her enthusiasm contagious.
Yep I love the Olympics it’s the only time all countries come together to compete! I love it!! pic.twitter.com/YQue72tQ5c
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 6, 2016
One thing is for certain, at six feet tall and decked out from head to toe in American flag apparel, even if the Olympians don’t see Leslie Jones coming, they will hear her. Jones assured her Twitter followers that she would be showing as much as she possibly could including the good and the bad but for the generally optimistic Leslie, viewers are certain to experience Jones and a positive attitude.
And in an Olympics that has been plagued with concerns over the Zika virus, infected water, unfinished buildings, and questions about safety and security, Leslie Jones may be exactly what Rio needs to make the world feel a little better.
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