Saturday Night Live couldn't be any further in Leslie Jones' rearview mirror as her new Supermarket Sweep reboot series prepares to launch. From 2014 to 2019, Jones appeared prominently on SNL as a series regular, earning multiple Emmy nominations for her work on the sketch comedy series. She'd wind up departing the NBC show ahead of its 45th season, and in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Jones is making it clear that she has no regrets about moving on to other endeavors.
"I don't miss it. At all," Leslie Jones bluntly stated when asked if she missed SNL. "I miss Kenan [Thompson], but I don't miss that [show]. That job was hard, man... That job was like two jobs and very restrictive too. I wasn't very free there."
With her stint on SNL behind her, Jones will next serve as the host of ABC's new reboot of the classic game show Supermarket Sweep. Famous for its runs on television in the 90s and early 2000s with host David Ruprecht, the game show is a cult favorite. After Netflix began streaming classic episodes from the 90s iteration, it would become even more popular as new viewers discovered the entertaining series. The timing is perfect for the series to return to television, and for Jones, serving as the host is like coming full circle.
Talking with ET, Jones revealed that she once auditioned to be a contestant for Supermarket Sweep along with her roommate at the time. "I trained my roommate. I made her watch the show, I took her to grocery stores, I made her run up and down the aisle. We trained," Jones explains. Although the two were "destroying" the other teams and had even made it down to the final teams in consideration, her roommate said she had to leave because she had to go to work. At the time, Jones probably had no idea that she'd one day be back as the new host of the series.
At its core, the Supermarket Sweep reboot will be mostly similar to previous iterations, following competing shoppers as they try to ring up the highest grocery total. This time, some of the games played will be a little more difficult, but the payoffs are going to be much bigger. Shoppers will have a chance to compete for a grand prize of $100,000, certainly a big step up from the $5,000 crash prize offered in the '90s iteration. "We have a lot of bonuses, we're giving money away to essential workers every week," Jones adds.
One key difference is that we're not going to be seeing any more of those plain red, yellow, and blue sweatshirts that contestants had to wear in prior years. "I let the contestants design their own sweatshirts this time, so you will see a whole bunch of different versions and styles," Jones explains, teasing a new look that's "exciting and bright and funny."
You can catch Jones as the host of the new Supermarket Sweep when it premieres on ABC on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For a sneak peek, you can watch the series premiere trailer below. This news comes to us from Entertainment Tonight.