‘SNL’ comic Jones returns to Olynpics
NEW YORK (AP) — Super fan Leslie Jones is returning to the Olympics.
The “Saturday Night Live” comedian is joining NBC’s coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics as a contributor, reprising her role from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
The network said Tuesday that Jones will attend Olympic events, meet athletes and spread her enthusiasm for the games on television and online. The games run Feb. 9-25.
Jones posted a photo on Twitter of her dressed in red, white and blue gear while working out on an exercise machine with the caption, “Guess What Time It is Y’all!!!!! And Guess Where I’m Going!!!!! Slay All Day USA!!!!!!!”
During the Rio Games, Jones had been live-tweeting while watching the games in the U.S. and posted a video of herself decked out in the American flag and wearing plastic gold medals. Upon seeing it, NBC Olympics president Jim Bell invited her to Rio.
Bell says: “Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else. Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating.”
Jones was an Emmy nominee for “SNL” and hosted last year’s BET Awards.
Timberlake asked to keep halftime show ‘safe’
NEW YORK (AP) — A watchdog group is politely pleading with Justin Timberlake to keep his Super Bowl halftime show “safe for the children watching.”
In an open letter to the entertainer issued Tuesday, the Parents Television Council hopes there isn’t a repeat of what happened in 2004 when Timberlake ripped Janet Jackson’s costume to reveal her right breast.
The group writes that it hopes Timberlake will keep the halftime show “friendly and safe” for the children watching, especially since some will want to emulate the singer.
Timberlake has assured viewers “That won’t happen this time.”
The infamous wardrobe malfunction drew CBS a $550,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission that was later overturned.
The watchdog group says it wants “a positive, uplifting and entertaining halftime show on Sunday.”
Streep named to Jersey Hall of Fame
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, former New York Yankees pitcher Al Leiter and E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt are among the 20 newest members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
The class of 2017 also includes singers Debbie Harry and Frankie Valli and “Cake Boss” reality TV star Buddy Valastro for the performing arts. Authors Harlan Coben and Anna Quindlen represent arts and letters.
The inductees for public service are astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly, late Republican Rep. Millicent Fenwick and Army nurse Clara Maass, who died as a result of volunteering for medical experiments to study yellow fever.
Other class members are real estate developer Jon Hanson, magazine publisher Steve Forbes, politician Joe Buckelew and running champion Mary Decker.
All will be inducted during a ceremony in May.
Venue invites dogs to canine-themed films
GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York arts venue is inviting people to bring their dogs to the movies.
WHEC says the Smith Opera House in Geneva will be showing four canine-inspired films from Feb. 11-17.
Dogs will be admitted for free — and will even get treats. But they’ll they have to remain on a leash.
The movies are “Best in Show,” ”The Artist,” ”Bolt” and — of course — “Must Love Dogs.”