Heidi Gardner explains why she was'very protective' of Travis Kelce while he hosted SNL.  

Heidi Gardner assisted Travis Kelce in his March 2023 Saturday Night Live hosting debut.  

The SNL star, 40, explained how she made the 34-year-old Kansas City Chiefs tight end comfortable on Today with Hoda & Jenna on Friday, May 3.  

"I was very protective," said Kansas City native Gardner. I asked him, 'On game day, what do you eat?' Being a sports lover, I was curious. He said, "Uncrustables." Just pounding Uncrustables. Gardner remembered buying Kelce the nice snack on show day.  

"I was like, 'I want this to feel as much like home as it can,'" said. Gardner remembers chatting to Kelce about the present before they rehearsed a sketch in bed together.  

"He leaned into me before lights came on and said, 'I've been eating the Uncrustables all day.'" Gardner stated he "won SNL" and did "such a good job."  

It's no wonder that Gardner wanted to make Kelce's experience positive, considering he was "nervous" about his programme debut. Gardner also quipped that she "loved him very much" before his Taylor Swift romance.  

Last May, Kelce told PEOPLE that he and his brother Jason grew up watching SNL "whenever we had a chance to sit down on Saturday nights."  

SNL veteran Tim Meadows appreciated the football player's SNL debut. "He hosted once and did well. He was very funny. Very much like him. I find him funny "Meadows told PEOPLE in March.  

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