NBC Hired Leslie Jones Because She’s A Gold Medal Olympic Commentator
If you’ve been paying attention to the Olympics by way of Twitter and you have an appreciation for comedy, or more specifically the blessing that is Leslie Jones, it’s highly likely you’ve come across her hilariously incisive Olympics commentary. The SNL actress’ stream of enthusiastic and popular tweets were such a hit that NBC hired Jones to comment on the rest of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Naturally, when Jones received a tweet from Jim Bell, the executive producer of the Olympic Games, that said, “OK @Lesdoggg you’re officially invited to Rio. Want to come?” she immediately jumped on the offer, tweeting back, “hmmmm don’t play cause y’all need me! I would have the whole Olympics pumped!!”
Honestly, Jones wasn’t exaggerating when she told Bell NBC needed her. The gorgeous combination of her Twitter commentary and Instagram reaction videos have likely upped Olympic viewership on their own. Seriously though, viewership has faced a serious drop in comparison to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, so the wit and genuine charm of Jones might be exactly what the live broadcasts need to pique Americans’ interest. Bringing her to Rio to officially take the mic is a brilliant symbiotic relationship between the comedian and the Olympics producers.
I’m legitimately curious to hear how she’ll translate the perfect brevity of some of her tweets into the Rio commentary, because some of the most poignant jokes she posted were composed of less than three words. Given her spot-on performances on SNL and in the recent Ghostbusters movie, I have no doubt she’ll deliver the goods.
Beyond the indisputable truth that Jones is 8,000 percent more funny and charming than any of the other, often predictable, Olympic commentators, her legitimate and unfettered enthusiasm and support of the athletes comes through in her online jokes and cheering. And it’s a needed change from some of the current commentary that has included reductive and sexist statements that compared the women’s Judo final to a catfight. Contrast that with Jones’ supportive and hilarious nature, and it’s night and day.
Besides confirming the fact that Jones possesses charismatic abilities that transcend the comedy and acting worlds and allow her to comment on high-profile athletic events better than any other human, these videos and tweets also confirm my deep-seeded desire that Jones be on my side during any time of stress. Can you imagine failing at anything if she was there yelling and poking fun at your opponents?