"Saturday Night Live" writer and occasional "Weekend Update" guest Leslie Jones has been promoted to cast member. The report first surfaced on Deadline.com, and was confirmed to Huffington Post by NBC.
Before the start of the 39th season, "SNL" rightfully drew intense criticism due to the show's lack of diversity. It had just hired six new cast members: five men, and one woman -- all of them white.
Following the announcement of her promotion to cast member, Jones and "Saturday Night Live" took to Twitter to share the news:
Jones faced backlash after a controversial "Weekend Update" sketch about slavery in May of 2014; she responded to critics on Twitter.