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Leslie Jones to Join Winter Olympic Broadcasting Team in Pyeongchang

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As the world gears up for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, starting next week, NBC and Leslie Jones just made an announcement that has Olympic fans cheering.

In a video posted to Twitter, Jones, who is an enthusiastic Olympics fan, made the announcement that she will be joining the NBC team as a special correspondent for the games. Given Jones' hilarious sense of humor, as seen on late-night TV staple Saturday Night Live and in movies like the blockbuster reboot of Ghostbusters, we're in for a treat.


Clad in her red, white, and blue, Jones exclaimed, "Slay all day, baby!" before saying, "Y'all know what the hell's going on, ok. You know what I'm doing."



For those thinking the comedian's inclusion on the broadcasting team is an odd choice, it actually has precedence.

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Jones entertained fans by live-tweeting her excitement about Team USA, and many people seemed to be more engrossed in watching Jones watch the games than they were in watching the games themselves.




After a while, NBC executives started to take note, leading to an invitation from Jim Bell, the production and programming president for NBC Olympics, who offered an invitation to Jones to fly down and join the team, which Jones gladly accepted:




And Twitter was pleased as punch:



Given the enthusiasm for Jones in 2016, her inclusion in 2018 was pretty much a no-brainer for the network.

"Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else," Bell said in a statement. "Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating."

And based on the reactions from Jones' announcement, people agree:









Olympic coverage begins on Feb. 8, with competition starting on Feb. 9.

And you know we'll be tuning in to see Jones do her thing!

USA! USA!

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H/T: Twitter, Mashable, Huffington Post