Leslie Jones is speaking out about her time on Saturday Night Live.
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Leslie Jones looked back on her experience with the all-female Ghostbusters remake and the racist hate that she faced after starring in it.
The 56-year-old Saturday Night Live alum shared the screen in the ghostly remake with Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig.
She reflected on the experience in an except from her forthcoming memoir Leslie F-cking Jones: A Memoir, which was published by Rolling Stone.
In the segment, Leslie addressed the small amount that she was offered for the role, things that she learned from her co-stars and the horrible hate that she received on social media.
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Leslie wrote that she was initially offered $67,000 for her role in the movie, adding that she was able to “fight” to increase her salary to $150,000. It was still “way less” than Melissa and Kristen were offered. It’s not immediately clear how much her co-stars were paid, but Cosmopolitan reported that Melissa netted at least $10 million.
“The message was clear: ‘This is gonna blow you up—after this, you’re made for life,’ all that kind of s-it, as though I hadn’t had decades of a successful career already. And in the end, all it made for me was heartache and one big-ass controversy,” Leslie wrote about the offer.
Despite being paid less, Leslie said she was “the one who got taken through the ringer” online.
“I wonder why . . . Oh, right, because I was a Black girl. I was being sent films of being hanged, of white guys jacking off on my picture, saying, ‘You f-cking n****r. We going to kill you,’” she recalled, wondering how people could be so cruel.
Online hate was so bad that Leslie said then Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was attempting to help her.
“He was aware that I
Leslie Jones is speaking out about her time on Saturday Night Live.
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