Leslie Jones to host 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards

The former “Saturday Night Live” actress will host the ceremony when it airs this May

Jared Alexander

Succesful comedian and actress Leslie Jones is set to host the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Set to air in May, the MTV Movie & TV Awards will broadcast live from Los Angeles after a jam-packed year of content, specifically in the TV realm. Jones, known for her Emmy-nominated run on Saturday Night Live and various film performances, has been announced as the official host of this year’s ceremony.

Originally just for movies, the MTV Movie Awards officially changed to the MTV Movie and TV Awards in 2017, opening up the categories to feature a slew of talent and work featured in the television field.

Jones joins the likes of Tiffany Haddish and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the host of the iconic awards show. This year’s nominations include popular shows like Wandavision and Bridgerton, as well as acclaimed films like Ma Rainey’s Black BottomMalcolm & MarieJudas and the Black Messiah, and more. Jones herself is nominated at this year’s ceremony for Best Comedic Performance for her role in the comedy film, Coming 2 America.

Jones took to Instagram to celebrate her new hosting gig, sharing a fun graphic of her headshot with the MTV logo. She wrote in the caption, “Guess who’s hosting the 2021 #MTVAwards!!? 🙋🏾‍♀️ Get ready for some fun, y’all! Tune in Sunday May 16 @ 9pm on @mtv 📺 And VOTE now through Friday @ 6pm ET at vote.mtv.com!!”

Jones’s fellow Saturday Night Live cast member and friend Kenan Thompson wrote in the comments of her post to congratulate the comedian. Thompson wrote, “Let’s gooooo!!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥,” under the post.

As theGrio previously reported, Jones seems to be doing just fine after her SNL departure last year. In an interview last fall, the comedian revealed she does not miss the weekly sketch series.

She shared to Entertainment Tonight at the time, “I don’t miss it. At all…That job was hard, man. That job was like two jobs and very restrictive too. I wasn’t very free there.” 

She did, however, reveal she misses her co-star Thompson. She explained at the time that the actor means “so much” to her.

The MTV Movie & TV Awards will air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, May 16 at 9PM ET/PT on MTV.