Los Angeles: Actress-comedienne Leslie Jones has joined the main cast of sketch comedy series 'Saturday Night Live'. Jones started on the show as a writer and has been featured on Weekend Update numerous times since then, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
She will begin this Saturday when 'Dumb and Dumber To' star Jim Carrey returns to host. Jones was among the original comedians being considered for a spot in the main 'SNL 'cast in December 2013 after the series faced widespread criticism that its new cast lacked minority faces.
Jones' SNL hiring comes weeks after the 40th anniversary season kicked off and marks the latest change to the ensemble cast, which counts Pete Davidson and Michael Che (who replaced Cecily Strong as Weekend Update co-anchor) as new additions. Jones has previously guest-starred in scripted comedies such as 'Workaholics' and 'The League'.