Seth Meyers was amazed when 19-year-old Taylor Swift pitched a monologue to him and Saturday Night time Reside producer Lorne Michaels when she hosted the present for the primary time — and he nonetheless remembers it to today.
“It actually speaks to what a power of nature she is and the depths of her expertise,” Meyers, 49, stated about Swift, now 33, in the course of the Monday, October 30, episode of Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio present.
Meyers, who served because the present’s head author and anchor of “Weekend Replace” for eight seasons, stated “no person gave [Swift] a guide on tips on how to” pitch. “And but, she got here to us and stated, ‘I wrote a track for the opening monologue,’” he recalled. “And I bear in mind saying, ‘Oh God, that’s nice.’ And she or he stated, ‘Can I play it for you?’”
Swift has appeared on Saturday Night time Reside seven instances. Throughout her November 2009 debut look, she carried out her multi-platinum hit “You Belong with Me” from her second album, Fearless, and “Untouchable” from the Fearless: Platinum Version. (Each songs have since been rerecorded on 2021’s Fearless (Taylor’s Model) as a part of Swift’s mission to regain possession of her masters.)
Earlier this month, Swift made a shock look on the season 49 SNL premiere to introduce Ice Spice’s efficiency. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce — whom Swift has been linked to since September — had a cameo in a sketch concerning the NFL’s nonstop protection of Swift attending his video games.
Recalling Swift’s 2009 monologue in Michaels’ workplace, Meyers stated on Monday, “She sings this track which isn’t solely a lovely track by a lovely singer. It’s an ideal SNL monologue, absolutely fashioned. And it was, to today, I’ve form of by no means had a second like that the place somebody brings you a completely gift-wrapped current and it’s precisely what you wanted it to be.”
Stern, 69, was additionally impressed by Swift’s bold transfer.
“Are you able to think about having the balls to stroll into Lorne Michaels’ workplace and your workplace, and also you guys are all comfy and know one another and standing there susceptible with a guitar,” Stern stated.
Meyers remembered that Swift’s presentation was far superior to what he and his employees had written for her for the present, and he imagined making that confession to her.
“So you understand how a lot f—king worse it was,” he stated. “Not solely is your track nice. However you’ll be able to’t even think about how s–tty what we have been doing for you is in comparison with how nice what you probably did for your self.”
Meyers labored on SNL from 2001 to 2014 earlier than starting to host Late Night time With Seth Meyers. He returned to host SNL in 2018 and realized simply how difficult it was.
“Insane,” Meyers stated of the internet hosting duties. “Right here’s what’s even crazier. I work on that present for 12.5 years. After which I take into consideration three years after I left, I went again and I hosted for the primary time. And when you ask me what it was prefer to host, I’d inform you right now — and I labored there longer than nearly anyone — Howard, nobody tells you something. Like, even I, who had labored there, couldn’t imagine the way it works.”
Whereas trying again on the daunting activity of internet hosting SNL, Meyers confessed to owing many previous hosts an apology.
“I retroactively felt so responsible about how I handled hosts for my time there,” Meyers continued. “I used to be all the time very well mannered to hosts, I all the time needed them to attain. I felt like in the event that they received, we received. However hosts would typically say to me, ‘I don’t perceive what I’m presupposed to be doing on this sketch.’ And in my head, what I needed to say was, ‘Simply f–king do it. Like, simply do it.’”
His perspective modified when he lastly tried his hand at internet hosting. “I spotted there have been a couple of instances that I used to be considering, ‘I don’t perceive what I’m presupposed to do on this sketch,” he stated.