‘SNL’ Star Leslie Jones Was Once a Telemarketer for Scientology: ‘It Was a Very Easy Interview’

Another star with a Scientology past! Leslie Jones revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, May 25, that she once had a job as a telemarketer for Scientology before her big break on Saturday Night Live.

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“You were a telemarketer for Scientology?” DeGeneres asked the comedian.

“Yeah, they kinda still don’t know I’m not a Scientologist,” she said. “Thanks for blowing my cover, Ellen!”

Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy
Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’ Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

The actress, 48, who appeared on the talk show with her Ghostbusters costars Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, explained how she got the odd job. “I lived in Glendale. I needed to pay the rent, and it was a very easy interview. I just acted crazy,” she joked. “Oh, my God, I’m sorry, Scientologists, for revealing things,” she said, staring at the camera with a blank face. 

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McKinnon scooted away from her costar to dissociate herself from the whole convo. “I’m not part of this. I’m on a different section of the couch from this. I have no association with this woman,” she quipped. The Sisters actress, 32, also revealed her own unlikely gig as a Little League softball umpire. “In retrospect, I should have brushed up on the rules for softball before litigating them,” she joked. 

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Wiig’s (completely made-up) career history was the best of them all. “I was an umpire for a Scientology baseball team,” she said with a laugh. “Every time I was like, ‘It’s safe. It’s fine.’ No, I sold peaches at the farmers’ market.”

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