Though Jones is not at liberty to discuss the details of her departure, she denies rumours that she was fired because of political differences or a refusal to comply with COVID-19 protocols. While the comedian is vocally against both masks and vaccines, she states that her relationship with 22 Minutes and its production company remains positive.
“For 28 years, I had a wonderful run with that show,” Jones says. “They were decent to me, and they’re friends.”
Jones’s name is conspicuously absent from a recent press release announcing season 29 of “the longest-running comedy in Canadian history.” That release says stars Mark Critch and Trent McClellan are being joined for the upcoming season by Aba Amuquandoh—newly promoted to be a full cast member—and auditions will be held to determine “a fourth series regular.” Representatives from 22 Minutes have not responded to requests for comments.