Leslie Jones Host Of The 2017 BET Awards ...

PEOPLE exclusively reported this big news. “BET was the first place I ever did comedy on TV, so it’s a full-circle moment of coming home where I started,” Jones told PEOPLE. “I went out in the world and did what I needed to do and now I can come home to my people and say, ‘Yo! Look what I did!'”

When speaking about what she plans to speak about the awards show, Jones said that she wants to touch on a few political things. But, she also wants to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. “I am tired of everybody being sad and angry. I want people to just downright laugh," Jones said.

She added: "You can’t do the event without touching on certain things, but I’m trying to make it all funny. It’s really just about pulling the elephants out of the room and, actually, I’ll make the elephant in the room laugh about it. So my goal for this show is to have a big ‘ol nice barbecue, family reunion feel. I just want everyone cracking up. I want everyone leaving that event going, ‘Wait, did they even give awards out? I was too busy laughing.'”

The 2017 BET Awards is going down on June 25 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California at 8:00pm ET. We'll be watching!


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