Twitter scores Leslie Jones a Rio role after overcoming abuse

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – "Ghostbusters" actress Leslie Jones almost quit Twitter last month after receiving online abuse, but the comedian had the last laugh on Monday as her humorous Olympics tweets landed her an invite from NBC to cover the sporting event. Comcast Corp-owned NBC Sports said Jones, a cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," will be in Rio de Janeiro by Friday and will cover live Olympics sports, meet the athletes and "spread her passion for sports and the Olympics." Jones, one of the leads in last month's "Ghostbusters" movie, spent the weekend tweeting reactions, responses and words of support to Team USA in events such as gymnastics, swimming and tennis to more than 400,000 followers.

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