Saturday Night Live cast member and burgeoning comedy film star Leslie Jones is set to host the BET Awards in June announced by BET just a few days ago.
Jones has honed her urban-flavored humor and infectious delivery for the past four years on SNL, first hired as a writer and then as a featured player. She has since starred in Ghostbusters with another SNL alum, Kristen Wiig.
In the past year, she has been in the news as a victim of vicious cyber attacks on Twitter, with hundreds of Twitter followers and celebrities coming to her defense for the unwarranted bullying she was receiving.
She came out of the controversy more popular than before, and NBC spokespeople issued a statement on behalf of Jones that says she is very excited about being asked to host the upcoming awards show. It will be Joneses first time as a lone host of a major televised awards event.
Past hosts of the BET Awards were the stars of the sitcom, Blackish, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson who co-hosted in 2016. Some of the celebrities that are scheduled to present and to perform are Chance the Rapper and Beyonce.
Jones says she wants to get away from the politics of the day and focus her hosting dialogue on more upbeat and light-hearted topics instead. She says she is “tired of everyone being sad and angry.” She says she intends on playing to the celebrities in the room to laugh at themselves.
The BET Awards air June 25 at 8 p.m. ET.