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Why Leslie Jones is the New Hire ‘SNL’ Desperately Needed

Late yesterday “Saturday Night Live” announced it had hired comedian Leslie Jones as a featured player, starting with this weekend’s show hosted by Jim Carrey. Jones, who was hired as a writer in early 2014 after losing out on a cast spot to current featured player Sasheer Zamata, has made several appearances on the show already, the first of which — a Weekend Update appearance discussing slavery and body image for contemporary black women — engendered quite a bit of controversy. But it’s that controversial edge that makes Jones such a great hire for “SNL.”