Leslie Jones‘ career has completely come full circle! The Ghostbusters star told People.com, “BET was the first place I ever did comedy on TV, so it’s a full-circle moment of coming home where I started. I went out in the world and did what I needed to do and now I can come home to my people and say, ‘Yo! Look what I did!'”
We all know that Leslie Jones is not afraid to say exactly how she feels, so it comes as no surprise that the funny lady plans to “make the elephant in the room laugh.” It wouldn’t be the BET Awards without addressing some of the issues facing Black and Brown Americans in the country.. Although Leslie plans to touch on a few controversial topics, her main goal is to keep the audience laughing.
She told People.com, “I am tired of everybody being sad and angry. I want people to just downright laugh. You can’t do the event without touching on certain things, but I’m trying to make it all funny. It’s really just about pulling the elephants out of the room and, actually, I’ll make the elephant in the room laugh about it. So my goal for this show is to have a big ‘ol nice barbecue, family reunion feel. I just want everyone cracking up. I want everyone leaving that event going, ‘Wait, did they even give awards out? I was too busy laughing.’”
Jones has had her fair share of being sad and angry. The Internet started the hashtag #LoveForLeslie in honor of the actress who was being trolled by a racist on Twitter.
Congrats, Leslie! Catch the 2017 BET Awards will air live Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET.