In a surprising turn of events at the premiere of "Saturday Night Live," Taylor Swift and NFL star Travis Kelce stole the show with their unexpected appearances. The star-studded night, hosted by Pete Davidson, featured Kelce's cameo followed by Swift's special moment.
Swift graced the screen following a commercial break, taking the opportunity to introduce her close friend, Ice Spice, who was set to perform for the second time that evening. This marked Swift's return to the "SNL" stage for the fifth time, her last appearance dating back to 2021 when she delivered a memorable 10-minute performance of "All Too Well." Earlier in the evening, the NFL Fox Sunday sketch humorously mocked the increasing attention surrounding Swift and Kelce's rumored romance.
Kenan Thompson, portraying Curt Menefee, was joined by Mikey Day as Howie Long, James Austin Johnson as Jimmy Johnson, Devon Walker as Michael Strahan, and Molly Kearney as Terry Bradshaw. After some playful Swift-themed banter, Thompson turned to the camera, quipping, "When we get back, we are going to speak with someone who actually wants to talk football." Kelce popped up with enthusiasm, exclaiming, "Yes, please!" While neither Kelce nor Swift took the stage at the end of the show, Davidson expressed his gratitude to both of them for their memorable appearances.
Swift's NFL Game Impact
Swift's presence at Kansas City Chiefs games to support Kelce has sparked considerable chatter within the NFL community. The first game she attended led to a surge in NFL Sunday ratings with 24.3 million viewers on Fox, while the second game, which she attended with several A-list friends, averaged 27 million viewers on NBC and Peacock.
Swift also made an appearance at Kelce's Thursday night game, although Amazon Prime Video has yet to release viewership figures for that event. In addition to her NFL outings, this has been a monumental week for Swift personally, as her movie, "Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour," made an impressive $39 million on its opening day, including $2.8 million from Thursday previews.
Swift and Kelce's unexpected cameos on "SNL" left audiences buzzing, and their rumored romance continues to capture the imagination of fans and the NFL alike. As the season progresses, all eyes will be on this dynamic duo both on and off the field.