Leslie Jones has been putting in major-league prep work as she gets ready to host Sunday night’s BET Awards.
“I’ve been going out to a lot of clubs to get the jokes ready,” Jones told reporters this week during a conference call about the awards show.
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Early in her comedy career, Jones opened for Jamie Foxx and appeared on BET’s stand-up series “ComicView.” Thanks to that history with the network, her years on “SNL” and a star turn in the 2016 film “Ghostbusters,” Jones, 49, said BET came to her.
Over the past 17 years, BET has continued to enlist comedy heavy hitters to host the awards show, including “Original Kings of Comedy” stars Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer, Mo’Nique, Chris Rock, Chris Tucker and Kevin Hart.
When asked how she would handle a “Steve Harvey moment” – like when Harvey announced the wrong winner at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant he hosted – or this year’s Oscars mix-up, Jones said she has a plan.