Leslie Jones Says She's 'Really Looking Forward' to New Edition Tribute at the 2017 BET Awards

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Leslie Jones wants to spread a little "joy" at the 2017 BET Awards!
The 49-year-old comedian will be hosting this year's show, and while she's "excited but nervous" to take on the gig, the Saturday Night Live star dished to ET about preparing for the big ceremony, and which performance that she’s anticipating the most.
Jones revealed that she's been testing out her jokes with other live audiences to get ready for the awards show, which airs live on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on BET.
"I've been going to a lot of clubs to get the jokes ready," she revealed during a conference call with the press on Wednesday. "A lot of research, mind preparation, just a lot of getting ready."
Aside from hosting the show, Jones is involved in writing the script for the awards show, and there’s one special performance that she can’t wait to watch.
"We are giving a tribute to New Edition, which I'm really looking forward to," she shared, although she couldn't share which artists will be honoring the '80s R&B group.
As for her wardrobe, Jones revealed that she'll be wearing at least one Christian Siriano creation, but she was less forthcoming about the possibility of bringing a date to the show.
"That's confidential," she said with a laugh.
She may be shy to speak about her personal life, but Jones didn't mind gushing over her comedic idol, Whoopi Goldberg. The View co-host has been fully supportive of Jones' career.
"I talked to her a couple of times," Jones shared of speaking with Goldberg, a four-time Oscars host, about the awards show. "She supports me in anything that I do."
Besides the BET Awards and SNL, Jones also has another project in the works: a stand-up comedy special that she hopes to release towards the end of the year.
"I'm always working on that anytime I go up [on stage]," Jones added. "I'm always writing material and putting it away and working on things."