Erin Andrews Opens Up About Her Role in Setting Up Taylor Swift & Travis Kelce: ‘I’m the New Bumble’

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Erin Andrews for the win. After using her podcast to publicly urge Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce to start dating — which the two eventually did, based on recent photos of them holding hands — the sports commentator has now opened up about her matchmaking success in a new interview with TODAY.

“I’m the new Bumble,” Andrews joked to hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday (Oct. 17).

“I have left him alone, although I am going to bug him this week because I just want to check in,” she added, noting that Kelce never asked her to endorse him to Swift. “I know him obviously, better than her. He looks adorable.”


To recap, Andrews and her Calm Down podcast cohost Charissa Thompson served as wing-women for Kelce back in August. After hearing that the Kansas City tight end had tried unsuccessfully to give his phone number to Swift at an Eras Tour show, they implored the “Anti-Hero” musician to “please try our friend Travis, he is fantastic!”

“Take us up on this — go on a date with this guy,” Andrews had urged at the time. “Do it for America.”

Less than two months later, Swift made a surprise appearance at the Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears game at Arrowhead Stadium, where she was spotted cheering on Kelce alongside his mom, Donna, and leaving the stadium with the football star at her side after the game. And that Chiefs jacket the pop superstar has been spotted wearing? Andrews revealed on TODAY that she sent it to Swift. “I sent her the team apparel jacket and she wore it!” the sports commentator gushed. “I just sent it to her, and you never know if people will really wear it, and she showed up!”


Swift has now attended several games, and the pop star was most recently spotted with Kelce over the weekend, holding hands as they grabbed dinner in New York City.

The night before that, the two made their public debut as a couple. After they both made surprise cameos in Saturday Night Live‘s season 49 premiere episode, Swift and Kelce attended the afterparty together.

On TODAY, Andrews reacted to the hand-holding photos seen ’round the world. “He’s got a glow to him,” she said of Kelce. “That’s a glow up, girls. He looks fantastic.”

And while the world will probably never know what exactly motivated Swift to give Kelce a chance, the athlete himself saluted Andrews and Thompson earlier this month for their efforts in swaying the singer in his direction. “😂😂 You two are something else!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 I owe you big time!!” he commented on one of their Instagram posts.

“I’m a huge fan of his, work with him, he’s great,” Andrews added about Kelce on TODAY. “He sent Mack [Andrews’ newborn son] an adorable baby gift just out of the blue, so sweet, and I was just like, ‘Check, check and check.’”

Watch the interview below:

We’re catching up with @ErinAndrews!

She’s opening up about her journey from IVF into motherhood with help from a surrogate, mom guilt, and even spills the story behind “setting up” Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift — and *that* Chiefs jacket. pic.twitter.com/bDKksLaPnu

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 17, 2023

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