Taylor Swift Aims Verbal Jabs at Kanye West on Saturday Night Live

She Displays Sense of Humor, Acting Skills as SNL Host

It was by no means vicious, but Taylor Swift finally got in a few digs at Kanye West when she hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live this weekend.

West and Swift made national news in September when he walked onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards to interrupt her acceptance speech for winning the best female video award. Other than some brief comments she made on The View shortly after the awards show, Swift has made it a point to avoid saying anything else about the incident.

In the SNL episode that aired Saturday (Nov. 7), Swift said she decided to sing her opening monolog in a new composition titled, appropriately, “Monolog Song (La, La, La).”

In it, she offered some self-deprecating humor, such as, “I like writing songs about douche-bags who cheat on me/But I’m not going to say that in my monolog/I like writing their names into songs so they’re ashamed to go out in public/But I’m not going to say that in my monolog.”

After taking a swipe at Joe Jonas (“who broke up with me on the phone”) and gleefully acknowledging her current relationship with Twilight film star Taylor Lautner, she finished the song by singing, “You might be expecting me to say something bad about Kanye/And how he ran up on the stage and ruined my VMA monolog/But there’s nothing more to say ’cause everything’s OK/I’ve got security lining the stage.” At that point, two SNL cast members in black suits stood on each side of her as bodyguards.

Following the song, she introduced the commercial break by saying, “We have a great show. Kanye West is not here, so stick around, and we’ll be right back.”

Swift was backed by her band when she sang two other songs — “You Belong With Me” and “Untouchable.” She was also prominently featured in eight skits or pre-recorded segments, assuming the character of Kate Gosselin, star of the reality series Jon & Kate Plus Eight, in one skit parodying The View. Swift also performed an impersonation of pop singer Shakira in a movie trailer promoting the soundtrack to a fictional animated film titled Bunny Business. Another skit featured Swift as a teenager with braces featured in a public service announcement for another fictional entity — Teens Raising Awareness About Awful Parent Drivers.

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