'Saturday Night Live' Cast Member Leslie Jones to Depart . According to 'The Hollywood Reporter,' she will not be apart of the show's 45th season, which premieres next month. Jones became an official part of the long-running sketch show back in 2014 after starting out as a writer. Over the NBC's program's past five seasons, she has evolved into one of its most recognizable stars. Jones has also recently earned two Emmy nominations for her role on 'SNL.'. Sources tell 'Variety' that the 51-year-old is leaving to explore other entertainment projects. She will appear in the sequel to Eddie Murphy's 'Coming to America' and has an upcoming stand-up special on Netflix. The "Ghostbusters' star herself has not personally commented on the decision to leave 'Saturday Night Live.'