Leslie Jones opens up on Saturday Night Live departure

Leslie Jones opens up on Saturday Night Live departure
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Leslie Jones — a fan favorite on the long-running sketch show Saturday Night Live — says she’s “graduated” from the show and is ready to take the next step further.

Earlier this week, the news broke that Leslie has decided not to return for SNL’s 45th season which expected to kick off later this month. Now, the comedian has confirmed the news herself.

Leslie took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to release her statement regarding the matter. Posting a photo montage of the numerous characters she’s taken on the show, the comedian wrote in the caption:

“Yes, it’s true I am leaving Saturday Night Live. I cannot thank NBC, the producers, writers, and amazing crew enough for making SNL my second home these last five years.”

She continued the statement by expressing gratitude to the iconic comedy show’s creator Lorne Michaels.

“Thank you for being my mentor and confidant and for always having my back. You not only have my loyalty but you have my heart!! You have shown me skills I never imagined I had. I leave a better performer because of you.”

Leslie went on to sing praises for the ensemble cast of SNL describing them as “incredible.” She goes into detail about how it was like working with the show’s mainstays including Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, and Colin Jost.

Concluding her statement, the comedian acknowledged the support she received from fans and even teased her upcoming projects. According to Entertainment Tonight, the star will be appearing and producing the reboot of Supermarket Sweep.