I am a person without cable, which means I can’t watch the 2016 summer Olympics on NBC, CBC or any other channel. So if I want to see a greasy shirtless hottie in a paper mache skirt work it for his homeland, I go to Twitter. And there are some people on Twitter who truly deserve a gold medal for their coverage of the Olympic games. Leslie Jones is one of them. Leslie returned to twitter after a brief hiatus, and thank god she did, because Leslie’s coverage of the Olympics is the only coverage you need. NBC thinks Leslie is doing such a good job of covering the Olympics that they recently invited her to Rio and do it live.
As anyone who has ever watched Leslie live-tweet an episode of Game of Thrones knows, Leslie loves live-tweeting. And apparently the only thing Leslie loves live-tweeting about more than GoT is the Olympics. As a current cast member of Saturday Night Live, Leslie Jones technically already works for NBC. But I don’t believe she was getting paid to tweet about the Olympics. Which is insane, because she was tweeting like it was her job. Leslie watches and comments on everything. In the past 48 hours, I estimate that Leslie has tweeted about the Olympics 6.9 billion times. She’s into it. Here she is losing her shit while watching the mens 4×100 relay yesterday.
WHAT YOU THOUGHT THIS WAS A GAME!!!! TEAM USA!! pic.twitter.com/83ulfcIwCG
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
Eventually some of her tweets were seen by Jim Bell, NBC Olympics’ executive producer. Maybe NBC was getting sick of hearing the Zoidbergs of the internet shouting “Your coverage is bad and you should feel bad“, because People says that he decided to offer to bring her to Rio to join NBC Olympics’ commentary team.
— Jim Bell (@jfb) August 7, 2016
Unlike the majority of celebrities who ignore tweets from strangers asking them to “Come to Brazil!“, Leslie is actually taking Jim up on his offer. Leslie confirmed earlier today that she’s packing up and going to Rio.
Before today, I didn’t mind that I couldn’t watch the Olympics on NBC. I’ve already seen Bob Costas get a gross case of pink eye at one Olympics, and that’s more than enough for me, thanks. But now I’m bummed out that I don’t get NBC. If only there was a way for Leslie to live-tweet her own live Olympics coverage from Rio. I know that sounds like a lot of work, but I really need to know what Leslie has to say about Men’s Diving.