Jimmy Kimmel Calls Kelce Swift's 'Broke Boyfriend' Amid $34M Deal

Jimmy Kimmel blends humor with celebrity relationship insights

by Zain ul Abedin
Jimmy Kimmel Calls Kelce Swift's 'Broke Boyfriend' Amid $34M Deal
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Jimmy Kimmel recently lightened the mood on his show by poking fun at NFL star Travis Kelce’s financial standing compared to his girlfriend, pop icon Taylor Swift, despite Kelce's lucrative new contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

During the April 30 broadcast of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host celebrated Travis Kelce's latest achievement - a two-year contract extension that positions him as the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. "Congratulations to Travis Kelce," Kimmel announced, acknowledging the athlete's professional success.

But Kimmel quickly turned the focus to Kelce's relationship with Taylor Swift, suggesting that even this impressive salary pales in comparison to Swift’s wealth. Kimmel humorously remarked that to Swift, Kelce’s multimillion-dollar earnings might just be "gum money." He quipped about the dynamics of their relationship, saying, "Can you imagine being in a relationship where you make $34 million and you’re still considered the broke boyfriend?" This joke highlighted the disparity between the pop star’s billionaire status - Forbes confirmed her net worth at $1.1 billion in October 2023 - and Kelce’s NFL earnings.

Kimmel's Playful Banter

Adding to the levity, Kimmel displayed a screenshot from a selfie video of Kelce, posted by the Chiefs on X (formerly Twitter), showing the athlete's emotional reaction to his contract renewal. The comments from fans ranged from adoring to playful, with one calling him "this baby" and another nicknaming him "pookiest pookie," prompting Kimmel to joke about whether Kelce was a football player or a kitten.

The comedian also took a moment to commend Swift on her unprecedented success in the music industry. He noted her recent accomplishment of being the first artist to occupy all of the top 14 spots on Billboard’s H-t 100 list, with 29 of her 31 tracks from her new album charting in the top 50.

Kimmel concluded by touching on Kelce's privileged access to Swift's creative process, revealing that the NFL star had the chance to hear her eleventh studio album, *The Tortured Poets Department*, before its public release.

Insiders shared with PEOPLE that Kelce is continually in awe of Swift's talent, hinting at the personal connection that influences her music, as evidenced by lyrics in her song "The Alchemy," which cleverly weave football references into reflections on their relationship.