Move over, Bob Costas, a new commentator is coming to town. Leslie Jones has been dominating the Games' coverage by hilariously live-tweeting all of the events — honestly, if you can't make it to a television, just read her tweets — with a constant stream of videos and witty remarks. (Not to mention some pretty sweet patriotic outfits.) "Take her down to Copacabana Beach or Maracanã Stadium," her followers soon chimed, "and let her use her infectious enthusiasm to cover some of the events on-camera for NBC." Well, ask and you shall receive, social-media users. Jim Bell, executive producer of the NBC Olympics coverage, took notice of the tweets and extended a formal invitation for Jones to head down to Rio, and now it's official: Leslie Jones has reportedly accepted NBC's offer to cover the Olympics, and is already on her way to Rio. She's expected to arrive by Friday to provide more commentary as a guest contributor, now from up close.
Yep I love the Olympics it's the only time all countries come together to compete! I love it!! pic.twitter.com/YQue72tQ5c— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 6, 2016
GO USA!!! pic.twitter.com/eK56gvPt9n— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 7, 2016
The Aus girl was fast yo damn but Ledecky was on her!! pic.twitter.com/pAiS56om92— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 7, 2016
Yep we got us a medal Ginny Thrasher shooting that rifle! pic.twitter.com/0CzPxk1TS2— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 6, 2016
Well it was real y'all see y'all tomorrow!! pic.twitter.com/0D9FHhpz1H— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 7, 2016
Watch Jones excitedly announce her travel plans below:
RIO BOUND BABY USA! USA!! pic.twitter.com/Gkaxr2UOPl— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
We gonna win everything I'm telling you!! I AM AMERICAN SPIRIT!! USA!! USA!! pic.twitter.com/RGAAKrnsga— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
You guys I'm gonna show y'all everything lmao!! Good and bad!! Hopefully it's all good! SO EXCITED!! USA!USA!!— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
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