Kelce stole the spotlight early in the SNL premiere, making a memorable appearance in one of the first sketches that parodied Fox NFL Sunday. The sketch featured football pundits Curt Menefee (Kenan Thompson), Terry Bradshaw (Molly Kearney), Howie Long (Mikey Day), Jimmy Johnson (James Austin Johnson), and Michael Strahan (Devon Walker). Initially dismissing Swift’s game appearances as a distraction, they humorously emphasized that the show was about football, prompting Day’s Howie Long to quip, “It’s a sport! Ask your dad.”
However, as the sketch unfolded, the talking heads couldn’t hide their deep investment in the situation involving Kelce and Swift. Walker’s Strahan, addressing Kelce directly, declared, “I want to say to Travis Kelce, from one Super Bowl champion to another, this is a way bigger deal than the Super Bowl.” The comedic twist continued as they expressed their enthusiasm for Swift and Kelce, with Davidson’s sports anchor sporting a pink cowboy hat and Eras Tour sweatshirt. The camaraderie extended to Day’s Howie Long, who proudly showcased his wrist adorned with friendship bracelets.
SNL viewers were in for a treat as the premiere unfolded, revealing whether Kelce was indeed rolling with Swift. The moment arrived when Swift, known for her musical surprises, introduced Ice Spice ahead of her “Pretty Girl” performance, showcasing yet another layer of entertainment in a night filled with unexpected twists.