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Why Doesn't NBC Want Leslie Jones to Recap the Olympics?

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 7, 2022 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 7, 2022 |


Early this morning, Leslie Jones — who has been unofficially recapping the Olympics on social media for several years — posted this:

It’s not entirely clear what the frustration is, but a couple of hours later, Jones — who is the only part of the Olympics a lot of people even care about — posted this, telling fans that she may be done with recapping.

It’s not too hard to read between the lines. NBC was probably asking her not to post the videos — or pulling them — because perhaps they’d paid someone else to officially do what Leslie was doing for free. Who, exactly, is NBC paying? Here’s a reply to Jones’ first Instagram post from Holly Robinson Peete.

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This is how Jones responded: “You think Kevin and snoop give a f*ck about athletes and Olympics? Honestly, I think this should be my last one. It’s frustrating.” And here’s a tweet that Jones retweeted:

Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg recapped last year’s Summer Olympics for Peacock, and I suspect that NBC got the idea to hire them last year based on the popularity of Jones’ recaps. Why not hire Leslie Jones? That’s unclear. It’s also unclear whether Kevin Hart and Snoop will return this year for the Winter Olympics, if NBC has lined up someone else, or if they’re not going to do it at all. What is clear is that they inexplicably have not asked Jones.

(It’s worth noting that Jones is also not a fan of Kevin Hart)

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