Yessss! The hilarious Leslie Jones has been picked to host the 2017 BET Awards! The ‘SNL’ star is one of the funniest people in the world, and now she’ll bring so much fun to the June awards show. So which impressions is she going to pull out? Maybe Donald Trump?
Sorry, kids. Leslie Jones, 49, has vowed to not get political while hosting the 2017 BET Awards, she told PEOPLE magazine. Leslie, one of the players from Saturday Night Live, and star of Ghostbusters, just wants viewers to have a good time, and that means not getting serious whatsoever. It’s an awards show, after all! We’re all for that, because Leslie’s one of the funniest people alive. But one of her best sketches from SNL in season 42 was when she played President Donald Trump, 70. Sadly, it sounds like we’re not going to see that during the BET Awards. Bummer!
“I am tired of everybody being sad and angry. I want people to just downright laugh,” Leslie told PEOPLE. “You can’t do the event without touching on certain things, but I’m trying to make it all funny. It’s really just about pulling the elephants out of the room and, actually, I’ll make the elephant in the room laugh about it,” says Jones. “So my goal for this show is to have a big ‘ol nice barbecue, family reunion feel. I just want everyone cracking up. I want everyone leaving that event going, ‘Wait, did they even give awards out? I was too busy laughing.’”
Okay, so it sounds like this is going to be the best awards show of the year. She could read a phone book and we’d listen. There’s that small small chance that she’s pull out the Trump character, though, as she said that the awards show can’t happen without “touching on certain things.” Leslie’s impression could be a good way to go about that. The sketch became an instant classic when it aired on SNL. The premise was that Leslie desperately wanted to play the president after Alec Baldwin had been hogging the role (and departed cast member Taran Killam before him). You know, even though she’s a black woman. It all ended up working out in the end. She got to go home with Melania Trump (Cecily Strong)!
For Leslie, getting to host the BET Awards is especially meaningful. “BET was the first place I ever did comedy on TV, so it’s a full-circle moment of coming home where I started. I went out in the world and did what I needed to do and now I can come home to my people and say, ‘Yo! Look what I did!’”
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