SNL’s Leslie Jones joins NBC for 2018 Winter Olympics coverage

Actor Leslie Jones will join NBC in its coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

“Saturday Night Live” star and Olympics super fan Leslie Jones will be joining NBC in its coverage of the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. Jones will be working as a contributor, a role that she also took on during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

With the Winter Olympics only a week away, NBC has announced that Jones will once again participate in the official coverage of the games. According to the television network, the comedian will be flying to Pyeongchang to attend the Olympic events, meet athletes, and spread her enthusiasm for the games for people watching on television and online.

Jones shared the news on social media, posting a photo of her working out on an exercise machine while dressed in red, white, and blue. In her caption, she wrote, “Guess What Time It is Y’all!!!!! And Guess Where I’m Going!!!!! Slay All Day USA!!!!!!!”

In 2016, Jones garnered worldwide attention when she live-twitted about the Rio de Janeiro games from her home. Her tweets included videos of her enthusiastic and wild reactions to the performances of Team USA in the games, as well as her raucous cheering for them.

The 50-year-old comedian also posted a video of herself dressed in the American flag’s design, while holding an American flag and wearing plastic gold medals.

At the time, viewers became more interested in watching her watch the Olympics instead of watching the Olympic events themselves. This prompted NBC to book her a ticket to the games so she could join the network’s official coverage of the events.

“Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else,” said Jim Bell, president of NBC Olympics. “Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating.”

NBC’s coverage of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics begins Feb. 8, with the games kicking off on Feb. 9.