Leslie Jones has confirmed she is leaving "Saturday Night Live" after five years.
The 51-year-old comic has confirmed recent speculation she is to step down from the programme after five years and paid tribute to showrunner Lorne Michaels for helping to "change [her] life" and making her a "better performer".
She wrote on Instagram: "Yes, it's true I am leaving 'Saturday Night Live'. I cannot thank NBC, the producers, writers, and amazing crew enough for making SNL my second home these last five years.
"Lorne Michaels, you've changed my life in so many ways! Thank you for being my mentor and confidant and for always having my back. You not only have my loyalty but you have my heart!! You have shown me skills I never imagined I had. I leave a better performer because of you.(sic)"
The "Ghostbusters" actress went on to praise her co-stars, including Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost and Cecily Strong and admitted she will "miss" them all very much.