Leslie Jones Will Grace BET Awards 2017 As Second-Ever Female Comedian Host
The BET Awards will make its stage home to a comedic powerhouse, in her own right, Leslie Jones. The Black Entertainment Television network formally announced Wednesday (May 24) that the SNL star would be gracing the awards stage this summer. As just the third female solo act and second female comedic act, following the iconic, Mo’Nique, Leslie Jones is carving a spot for herself in entertainment history.
Jones is no stranger to molding historic moments in the roles that she takes on. With her current residency at NBC’s SNL, she tapped two new record with being part of a duo—formed with Sasheer Zamata—who represented the first time two African-American females were a part of the 42 season-long show’s cast at the same time. A gig that Chris Tucker hooked her up with because she’s the “funniest woman [he] knows.” The second marks Jones as the oldest person to earn a spot on the SNL cast.
The Ghostbusters actress admits, “I am so excited to be hosting The BET Awards this year. BET was the first network and place where I was on TV. I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming.”
Considering Russell Crowe describes her brand as “edgy, insightful and honest,” there’s no telling what to expect from the acclaimed actress. But one thing we do know is that the stage at the Microsoft Theater on June 25 will be a sight to see.