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Are Comedians Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon Married?

The "Saturday Night Live" stars were the subject of yet another misleading online advertisement.

Published Jan 26, 2021

Updated Jan 27, 2021
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07:  Actors Leslie Jones (L) and Kate McKinnon attend ELLE Women In Comedy event hosted by ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers and Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig on June 7, 2016 at Hyde Sunset in Los Angeles, California; presented by Secret Deodorant and emceed by Jane Lynch with stand-up performances by Michelle Buteau, Nikki Glaser, Iliza Shlesinger, and Ali Wong.  (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ELLE) (Mike Windle / Staff)
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Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon got married.

Misleading online advertisements that feature celebrities plague the internet. In January 2021, "Saturday Night Live" stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones were the subject of one such ad.

The ad in question showed the pair embracing each other. The words under their picture read: "[Pics] Celeb Couples We Totally Forgot Were Married."

celeb couples we totally forgot were married kate mckinnon leslie jones snl saturday night live

A second ad made a similar claim: "17 LGBTQ Celebs that Overcome Many Challenges and Eventually Became Couples."

However, McKinnon and Jones were not married to each other. As of January 2021, neither appeared to be married to anyone.

Readers who clicked the ad were led through a 67-page slideshow article. McKinnon and Jones did not appear anywhere in the story.

The lengthy article from the Mighty Scoops website said readers should "prepare to be amazed by who's still together":

Depending on who you are and how you live your life, finding love in the spotlight could be quite tricky. With all eyes on you, sustaining a happy, healthy relationship in Hollywood is an inspiring feat.

These celebs have shown us how to meet the apple of your eye and keep the sparks flying. We’ve got all your favorite personalities and their partners who’ve been together for a substantial period of time, giving you the low-down on how they got there and what they’re doing today. Prepare to be amazed by who’s still together.

The clickbait story from Mighty Scoops mentioned the spouses and love interests of other celebrities and TV personalities such as David Muir, Tom Selleck, and Tucker Carlson. Despite what the ad claimed, not all of the people on the list were married.

On "SNL," McKinnon and Jones appeared in numerous sketches together. The picture in the misleading ad may have come from a "Saturday Night Live" sketch or photography session.

In 2018, a video tweeted by Jones said of McKinnon, "MY BITCH FOR LIFE!!! Kate McKinnon I love you!! nbcsnl #seasonfinale."

On Sept. 3, 2019, Jones announced on Instagram that she had left the cast of "Saturday Night Live." As of January 2021, McKinnon is still on the show's cast.

The pair also worked together in the 2016 film "Ghostbusters: Answer the Call."

Snopes debunks a wide range of content, and online advertisements are no exception. Misleading ads often lead to obscure websites that host lengthy slideshow articles with lots of pages. It's called advertising "arbitrage." The advertiser's goal is to make more money on ads displayed on the slideshow's pages than it cost to show the initial ad that lured them to it. Feel free to submit ads to us, and be sure to include a screenshot of the ad and the link to where the ad leads.


Jan. 28, 2021: This story was updated with a second ad that made a similar claim.

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.