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Leslie Jones’ hilarious live-tweeting of the Olympics got her a ticket to Rio as an NBC commentator

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This funny woman is heading to Rio.
  • Ashley Rodriguez
By Ashley Rodriguez

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Comedian Leslie Jones is serious about the Olympics. The Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters star has been watching the games on multiple screens and hilariously live-tweeting nearly every event in the competition, since the Rio games officially kicked off on Aug. 5.

She has shared clips from the games, seemingly recorded on a cellphone in her living room, sat in awe of some of the bizarre sports in the competition, marveled at the beauty and athleticism of this year’s Olympians, and showed her relentless support for Team USA.

Jones’ extreme fandom and patriotism is paying off. NBC producer Mike Shoemaker saw her commentary on Twitter and alerted Jim Bell, the executive producer overseeing the games, that the comedian could give NBC a ratings boost.

Bell then invited Jones—via a tweet, naturally—to join the NBC Olympics as a contributor in Rio, and she enthusiastically tweeted her acceptance.

She will be live on-air and online in Rio beginning Friday (Aug. 12), NBC said in a statement on Monday.

In case you missed the dozens of tweets Jones has shared in the past few days, below are few standouts. Let’s hope she keeps them coming when she’s on the ground.

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