Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones just got her first awards show hosting gig. People reports that Jones has signed on to host the 2017 BET Awards, which will air on the network next month. Here’s what Jones told People on the news:
I am tired of everybody being sad and angry. I want people to just downright laugh. 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. 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.”
The awards show is set to air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday, June 25 at 8:00pm.