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Leslie Jones Makes Triumphant Twitter Return After Racist Attacks

by Sophie Schillaci 4:07 PM PDT, July 21, 2016
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Lesdoggg is back!

Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones has returned to Twitter after a two-day hiatus, prompted by a series of hateful and racist tweets directed at her account.

"I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart," she wrote on Tuesday. "All this 'cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie, but the s**t I got today... wrong."

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But the 48-year-old comic couldn't stay silent for long. As Jones continues a publicity tour to promote her film, the Saturday Night Live star took to Twitter on Thursday with a lighthearted message.

"Welp... a b**ch thought she could stay away," she joked. "But who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!"

(Shh... don't tell her that GoT's seventh season just got pushed!)

"Thanks for the love and support I received! Made me feel real special," she added, paired with a gif of Wilmer Valderrama's That 70's Show character mouthing, "I love you."

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Jones is slated to appear on Thursday's episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, where she'll likely address the controversy surrounding her Twitter attacks.

"Ok I have been called Apes, sent pics of their a**es, even got a pic with semen on my face. I'm tryin to figure out what human means. I'm out," Jones previously posted. "I feel like I'm in a personal hell. I didn't do anything to deserve this."

Thankfully, Jones hasn't been alone in her fight. Ghostbusters director Paul Feig quickly jumped to her defense, tweeting: "Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know. Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all."

Original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd also showed his support for Jones, telling ET Canada: "These people, first of all, they're insignificant gnats. They have no lives of their own, they can barely pay for the wi-fi they're using, probably no jobs. I would say you're looking at obese, white men between 50 and 60, who are active Klan members or members of the Aryan Nation, and there are millions of them."

As for Jones, Aykroyd had nothing but praise, calling her a "great writer and a great comedian."

"[She] comes from a real urban background where she had a lot of hardship and she's channeling that into a great achievement and a great career," he shared.

Meanwhile, a Twitter spokesperson issued a statement about how it was working to remedy the horrifying situation on its site.

"This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we've taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others," the statement read. "We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues."

In happier news -- can we please talk about how amazing Jones looked at the Ghostbusters Hollywood premiere?! Get all the details about her "dream" night in the video below.

WATCH: Leslie Jones Opens Up About Her Stunning 'Ghostbusters' Premiere Dress 

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