Bad news, people: It was confirmed on August 27 by multiple outlets that Leslie Jones is not returning to Saturday Night Live. The comedian made her debut as a cast member back in 2014, having previously working as a writer on the show.
Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that Jones opted to depart from the long-running series so she could work on her upcoming movie projects and Netflix special. Her absence will be palpable this upcoming season—especially during the Weekend Update segments, where she first gained a following.
And that following only grew with each season. After more than six years on the show, Jones has cemented herself as a Saturday Night Live icon, offering up top-notch impressions, hilarious bits, and even poignant commentary at times. Below, we explore 10 of her most memorable moments.
When she took on Alabama's abortion ban (2019)
“You can’t control women," Jones said during a segment of Weekend Update. "Because, I don’t know if y’all heard, but women are the same as humans. And I’m Leslie 'Dracarys' Jones! Why do all of these weird-ass men care what women do with their bodies?"
"Naked and Afraid: Celebrity Edition" (2016)
Jones and Game of Thrones's Peter Dinklage filmed a parody of this hit Discovery Channel series a few years back, and it's way funnier (and more intense) than the actual show.
When she played Meghan Markle's cousin (2019)
Emma Thompson also appeared in this sketch as an etiquette coach preparing Jones's character to attend Baby Archie's christening. Let's just say things didn't go according to plan.
All of the videos about Jones and Kyle Mooney's fake relationship
A duo like no other.
Her Whoopi Goldberg impression (2019)
Her vocal impression alone deserves 2,000 Emmys.
Her Donald Trump impression (2017)
Alec Baldwin is shaking.
Her Serena Williams impression (2018)
In this Weekend Update segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che hypothetically cut Jones's impression of Williams, so she takes matters into her own hands—by showing up to the set dressed as the tennis champ.
Her take on Annie (2014)
Had Jones actually starred in that remake a few years back, maybe the reviews would've been better.
Her appearance with Will Ferrell (2018)
The two of them re-creating the cow bell sketch would've been pure gold.
Her Michelle Obama impression (2018)
"My arms rule, I love vegetables, and I can be president whenever I want."
Originally Appeared on Glamour