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Today Show's Steve Kornocki shocks co-anchors with Taylor Swift revelation nobody was expecting

NBC's Steve Kornacki clearly hasn't been to the Eras Tour this year...

Taylor Swift stands on red carpet, looking at camera, paired with Steve Kornacki appearing on Today Show
Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca LewisReporterLos Angeles
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Looks like NBC's Steve Kornacki has a Blank Space in his pop culture education. The famed analyst appeared on the Today Show on Friday September 29 – and shocked co-anchors Jacob Soboroff and Sheinelle Jones when he admitted he didn't know the name Taylor Swift. 

"NBC News national political correspondent, Steve Kornacki joins us and here's the deal," began Jacob. "Steve just said he didn't know before this week who Taylor Swift was because he said, 'Is she an actress? Was she a musician?'" 

Steve Kornacki admits he doesn't know who Taylor Swift is

To laughs, Jacob and Sheinelle then said that if anyone had taken a look at Steve's Instagram it may make more sense, with Sheinelle quipping: "I may live under a rock but you're like [under a] rock rock." 

"I knew she was prominent," Steve replied, adding: "I'll put it that way but I didn't know the name." 

Steve Kornacki appears on the Today Show © NBC
Steve Kornacki appears on the Today Show to discuss Taylor and Travis

Steve became a household name during the 2020 United States presidential election, with his unique analytical style enticing new fans into political math, and his clothing fashion kicking off a new trend for khakis. 

He appeared on the Today Show to discuss Taylor and rumored new beau Travis Kelce's relationship, and matched up their stats; they were both born in 1989 and while Taylor has been in the industry for 17 years, Travis – a two-time Super Bowl champion – has been with the Kansas City Chiefs for 11 years. 

Taylor Swift cheers from a suite as the Kansas City Chiefs play the Chicago Bears at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Taylor at the Kansas City Chiefs game

The pair have been getting closer, and her appearance at the Chiefs vs Chicago Bears game on Sunday September 24 left the sports world and entertainment worlds in meltdown. 

Later that night video footage obtained by Daily Mail revealed that Taylor had departed Travis's upscale mansion in Kansas City with a group of his friends and family. The entourage then boarded a party bus destined for Arrowhead Stadium where they watched the game, and saw Travis score a touchdown to help his team win 41-10. 

Donna Kelce, left, mother of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce watched the game with pop superstar Taylor Swift, center© Kansas City Star
Donna Kelce, left, mother of Chiefs tight end Travis watched the game with pop superstar Taylor

A visibly excited Taylor was seen cheering, seemingly yelling "let's [expletive] go," celebrating Travis’s third-quarter touchdown reception, and chest bumping with Travis' pals. 

Travis and his brother Jason, a Philadelphia Eagles player, host a podcast 'New Heights' and in this week's episode Travis labeled her decision to attend the game as “ballsy”.

Taylor Swift attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on September 12, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)© Jamie McCarthy
Taylor and Travis have not yet confirmed a romance

"I just thought it was awesome how everybody in the suite had nothing but great things to say about her — the friends and family. She looked amazing and everybody was talking about her in great light," he said. 

Taylor is a long-time fan of NFL team the Eagles, having grown up outside the city as a child before she moved to Nashville as a young teen. 

travis jason kelce super bowl© Rex
Travis and Jason Kelce face off at the 2023 Super Bowl

During her Eras Tour concert in the city, she also confirmed that the lyrics, "With my Eagles t-shirt hanging from the door" – from her song 'Gold Rush,' off of 2020 album Evermore – is about the football team and not the band. 

"I did see the debate about, I have a lyric that says, 'With my Eagles t-shirt hanging from the door,' and I saw people wondering if it was the band Eagles or the team the Eagles, and I love the band but, come on, I am from Philly of  course it's the team," she told screaming fans.

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