Colin Jost Says Farewell To Leslie Jones After Her ‘SNL’ Exit: ‘She Made Me (And Our Whole Show) A Lot Better’

Leslie Jones is finally breaking her silence about leaving Global’s “Saturday Night Live”.

The news was first reported in September: After appearing on the sketch show since 2014, the comedian would be moving on to other projects.

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In a series of tweets, Jones confirmed the news and thanked creator Lorne Michaels, the rest of the cast, and her fans for all their support over the years.

On Oct. 5, “Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost paid tribute to his former co-star in a lengthy Instagram post.

“I never really post anything on social media because I’m self-conscious/repressed about it, but I really wanted to say an ‘SNL’ goodbye to Leslie Jones, and I mostly wanted to say thank you,” he wrote. “I don’t know if I would have survived my first year on Update without Leslie.”

He continued, “I was extremely nervous and awkward and she was extremely confident and funny and knew who she was. And she made me (and our whole show) a lot better,” he added, before concluding: “I miss you Leslie and I hope you come back on Update anytime you want, you… scrumptious, chocolate… nope it doesn’t work the other way.”

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I never really post anything on social media because I’m self-conscious/repressed about it, but I really wanted to say an SNL goodbye to Leslie Jones, and I mostly wanted to say thank you. I don’t know if I would have survived my first year on Update without Leslie. I was extremely nervous and awkward and she was extremely confident and funny and knew who she was. And she made me (and our whole show) a lot better. Even though she has wanted to hit me in the face many times (as shown in pic #3), she has also been kind and generous and given me many birthday presents (all photos of her). And more than anything else, she’s been funny. Chris Rock knew that when he recommended her to Lorne six years ago and now all of America knows it. I miss you Leslie and I hope you come back on Update anytime you want, you… scrumptious, chocolate… nope it doesn’t work the other way. Love, Colin

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Since starting on “SNL”, Jones has starred in a number of films and TV series, including 2016’s “Ghostbusters” and the upcoming “Coming 2 America”.

“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT on Global.

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