In a five-part statement posted to Twitter, Leslie Jones finally confirmed reports that she would not be starring in the show’s 45th season. Yes it’s true I am leaving Saturday Night Live. I cannot thank NBC, the producers, writers, and amazing crew enough for making SNL my second home these last five years, Leslie Jones, via Twitter. In a hashtag on the post, Jones referred to her departure as “graduating” and hinted at upcoming “projects and adventures.”. I know you will be as excited as I am when you see some of the amazing projects and adventures that I have coming up very soon! Love you all!!, Leslie Jones, via Twitter. Jones then went on to thank the show's creator, Lorne Michaels, calling him her “mentor and confidant.” . Lorne Michaels, you’ve changed my life in so many ways! Thank you for being my mentor and confidant and for always having my back. You not only have my loyalty but you have my heart too!, Leslie Jones, via Twitter. She also praised her cast-mates, saying she “couldn’t have done any of the things [she] did” without them. . I will miss holding it down with Kenan everyday, I will miss Cecily’s impression of me making me laugh at myself often, I will miss Kate’s loving hugs and talks when I needed. And of course Colin, you porcelain-skinned Ken doll. I will miss all my cast mates!!, Leslie Jones, via Twitter.