Leslie Jones: Hosting The BET Awards Is ‘Like A Homecoming’ | TODAY
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Leslie Jones: Hosting The BET Awards Is ‘Like A Homecoming’ | TODAY


>>>SHE’S EVER, EVERYBODY.
SHE IS SMART. SHE’S TALENTED.
SHE’S UTTERLY HYSTERICAL. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT LESLIE
JONES. >>SHE’S HAD US IN STITCHES WEEK
AFTER WEEK AS ONE OF THE CAST MEMBERS IN “SATURDAY NIGHTLIFE”.
>>NOW SHE’S READY FOR SOMETHING SHE’S NEVER DONE BEFORE.
LESLIE, WE’VE BEEN WAITING. YOU’VE GOT A BIG GIG COMING UP.
>>YES. I’M GOING TO BE HOSTING THE
B.E.T. AWARDS THIS YEAR. >>CHRIS ROCK HAS DONE THAT.
YOU’RE FOLLOWING A LONG LIST OF GREATS.
>>YES. >>WHAT HAPPENED?
DID THEY PICK UP THE PHONE AND SAY LESLIE, WE’D LIKE YOU TO
HOST? >>YES.
THEY CALLED ME AND MADE ME AN OFFER.
I WAS, LIKE, WHAT? YOU ACTUALLY WANT ME TO COME AND
DO THIS? OKAY.
YEAH. SURE.
>>AND YOU STARTED AT B.E.T. >>YES.
>>SO DOES THIS FEEL LIKE A FULL CIRCLE THING FOR YOU?
>>YES. IT’S LIKE A HOME COMING.
B.E.T. WAS THE FIRST TIME I WAS EVER ON TELEVISION.
IT WAS THE ONLY TIME I THOUGHT I WOULD EVER BE ON TELEVISION.
I THINK I WAS ON THERE MAYBE THREE OR FOUR TIMES BEFORE
ANYBODY EVER REALLY KNEW WHO I WAS.
>>WHILE YOU WERE ON B.E.T., YOU WERE ACTUALLY WORKING REGULAR
PEOPLE JOBS. YOU WERE WORKING AT ROSCOE?
>>YES, CHICKEN AND WAFFLES. I WAS A WAITRESS.
I DID A TAPING AND HAD TO GO BACK TO WORK.
WAIT, WEREN’T YOU ON THE COMIC? YES.
BREAST AND WINGS AND A THIGH. WHAT DO YOU WANT?
{ LAUGHTER } >>IS THIS HUMOR EVERY DAY?
YOU MAKE YOUR FRIENDS LAUGH LIKE THIS?
>>I THINK I AM CRAZY, YEAH. I MIGHT BE MENTALLY UNSTABLE.
>>ARE YOUR FRIENDS FUN SNE. >>YES.
>>WHO IS YOUR CIRCLE? >>WELL, MY GLAM TEAM IS
ACTUALLY MY CIRCLE. AND THEY’RE CRAZIER THAN ME.
>>THEY’RE OVER THERE, BY THE WAY.
>>THAT’S THE WHOLE GLAM TEAM RIGHT THERE.
>>WHEN YOU’RE PREPPING FOR THE B.E.T. AWARDS, WE’VE GOT BRUNO
MARS PERFORMING. WE’VE GOT A GREAT LINEUP.
CHANCE THE RAPPER. DO YOU GO THROUGH REHEARSAL?
WHAT DO YOU DO? >>RIGHT NOW WE’RE WRITING
PRETAPES FOR IT. WE ALREADY DONE THE PROMOS FOR
IT. WE’LL WORK ON THE MONOLOG.
I’M GO OUT IN L.A. AND HIT THE CLUBS AND SEE WHAT WORKS AND
STUFF. YOU KNOW, WE’RE ALL JUST WRITING
JOKES. REALLY A LOT OF JOKES.
BECAUSE MY GOAL IS TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH.
I MEAN, I DON’T WANT TO TEACH ANYTHING.
I DON’T WANT TO BRING ANY KIND OF LESSON.
I DON’T WANT TO POINT OUT NOTHING.
I WANT PEOPLE TO JUST DOWN RIGHT GOOD OLD HOME LAUGH.
JUST SMACK THEIR KNEE. I WANT THEM TO PUT A SHOT ON THE
AUDIENCE AND THEY’RE JUST LIKE { LAUGHTER }
>>IS THERE ANYBODY WHEN THEY’RE IN THE AUDIENCE THAT YOU LOOK
OUT AND SAY OH MY GOD, I’VE GOT DO GET THIS RIGHT.
>>YES. EVERYBODY.
OH, IF I SEE DENZEL, I’M JUMPING OFF THE STAGE.
LIKE DENZEL, DENZEL. YEAH.
>>IS DENZEL GOING TO BE THERE? DO WE KNOW.
>>I DON’T KNOW BUT I HOPE HE COMES.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING RIGHT NOW, DENZEL, MEET ME AT THE B.E.T.
AWARDS JUNE 25th, BABY. >>THERE IS SOME SPECTACULAR
PROMOS OF ALL THOSE WHO THINK THEY’RE HOSTING.
>>DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE GOING TO GET THAT CALL?
>>I’LL BE HONEST. I DIDN’T KNOW — I THAT THE
THERE WAS JUST TIME GIVING ME SOME LOVE.
THEN THERE’S, LIKE, 99 MORE PEOPLE.
WHATEVER. >>LESLIE, WE CAN’T — WE’RE
GOING TO FOLLOW YOUR CAREER. WE’VE SEEN YOUR INSTAGRAMS AT
THE GYM. YOU ARE A BUSY GIRL.
GETTING STRONGER EVERY DAY. >>I’M ABOUT TO BE 50 YEARS OLD.
>>I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT. >>I’M GOING TO BE 50 IN
SEPTEMBER. I DECIDED THAT I WANTED TO BE
FINE ONE MORE TIME BEFORE I DIE.>>WHY DIDN’T YOU COVER YOUR
FACE WITH THE PHONE? >>BECAUSE — I DON

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