‘I’m F*cking Up the Anthem!’: NBC Invites Leslie Jones to Rio for Olympics Commentary


NBC was apparently so impressed with Leslie Jones’ profanity-laced live-tweeting of the 2016 Olympics that the network invited the Ghostbusters star to Rio so she could live-tweet the action from up close.

The 48-year-old actress spent the weekend posting her realtime reactions to the 2016 Olympics on her Twitter and Snapchat accounts. Late night TV producer Mike Shoemaker took notice of Jones’ spirited social media screeds and suggested that NBC executive producer Jim Bell invite the comedian to Rio.

“Note to my friends @jfb & #nbcolympics: Get @Lesdoggg to Rio & give her a microphone. 30% more USA gold + #ratings,” Shoemaker tweeted to Bell and Jones.

@shoemakermike OK @Lesdoggg you’re officially invited to Rio. Want to come?” Shoemaker said.

Jones, who wasn’t sure if the offer was genuine, tweeted: “@jfb @shoemakermike hmmmm don’t play cause y’all need me! I would have the whole Olympics pumped!!”

Bell confirmed with Jones, promising her that someone at NBC would contact her.

While it is not clear how Jones’s commentary will fit into the network’s Olympics coverage, some online have called out the actress for the profanity in her commentary. On Tuesday night, the actress posted a video in which she said she was “f*cking up” the National Anthem.

Jones last appeared in this summer’s gender-swapped remake of Ghostbusters. Despite being heavily defended and promoted by pro-feminism forces in the media, the Paul Feig-directed film bombed at the box office.

Jones was also at the center of the recent social media furor that got Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos permanently banned from Twitter.


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