Keke Palmer confirmed she was expecting baby number one by flashing her baby bump during her opening monologue on Saturday Night Live.
The Nope actress, 29, who took on hosting duties for the first time on the sketch comedy series, brought up ‘rumors’ circulating around on the internet that she was pregnant.
She then threw open her blazer to ‘set the record straight,’ to reveal a baby bump to the audience, expressing, ‘I’m gonna be a mom!’
Baby on the way! Keke Palmer, 29, revealed she is expecting baby number one during her opening monologue on Saturday Night Live
The talented beauty began her monologue by expressing her excitement about entering Sagittarius seasons, and also referenced to her acting debut in the film, Akeelah And The Bee (2006).
The Hustlers actress then changed the topic to how ‘rumors’ have been spreading around that she was pregnant and that she has seen countless comments such as, ‘Keke’s having a baby.’
‘I want to set the record straight,’ she firmly announced. After a brief second, Keke began to unbutton her long blazer and ripped open the fabric to reveal a baby bump.
‘I am!’ she happily gushed, throwing her hands onto her bump while the audience loudly cheered in congratulations.
Shortly after the announcement aired, Darius Jackson, also known as Darius Daulton, confirmed he was the father by uploading an adorable snap of Keke cradling her baby bump with the simple caption, ‘2023’ and a red heart emoji.
The couple went public with their relationship in August 2021, but have otherwise remained mostly private.
Happy: Darius Daulton, whom Keke was last romantically linked to, confirmed he was the father by posting a snap of the actress holding her baby bump with ‘2023’ written along with a red heart emoji
Setting the record straight: When talking about rumors being spread that she was pregnant, Keke stated that, ‘I want to set the record straight’
Big surprise! The Nope actress ripped open her blazer during her opening monologue to reveal a baby bump
Once the exuberant applause began to die down, the former Nickelodeon star stated that it was ‘bad’ when individuals ‘spread rumors about you.’
‘But it’s even worse when they are correct,’ she humorously added. ‘I was trying so hard to keep it on the down low because I got a lot of stuff going on.’
‘You know, people kept coming up to me, ‘Congratulations,’ and I’m like, ‘Shhh, can y’all stop? I got a liquor sponsorship on the line,’ she joked.
Keke then excitedly informed the viewers and the audience that, ‘this has been the biggest blessing. I’m going to be a mom.’ To conclude her monologue, she shared her gratitude of being offered the opportunity to host SNL.
‘Y’all know I’m the same person I’ve always been, and I’m proud of that. As a matter of fact, when I first got into comedy and I dreamed of standing on this stage, I asked myself, Keke, who will you be?’ she asked herself.
After listing a few names, the actress concluded, ‘And now that I’m here, I can tell you exactly who I am. I’m Keke Palmer!’
Excited! Keke gushed to the audience and viewers after the big announcement that, ‘this has been the biggest blessing’
Cute! Keke and Darius went public with their relationship in August 2021, but have otherwise kept details of their relationship under wraps and private; the two seen in October 2021 in Pacific Palisades
Back to the 80s: The first skit brought Keke and the SNL cast to a 1984 soap opera episode called, Forceington’s Ridge
Enemies: The soap opera episode mimicked a very dramatic exchange between Cecily Strong and Keke Palmer’s characters
The first skit brought Keke and the SNL cast to a 1984 soap opera episode called, Forceington’s Ridge.
The character of Alexia could be seen hosting a posh party shortly before stepping outside with her guests to judge a horse-racing contest.
As everyone filtered out of the room to head outside, Alexia stayed behind to check her appearance in the mirror.
Keke’s character, Sandrine, then stepped into frame, and the two began to show to the audience that they were not friends, but enemies. Alexia demands why Sandrine was in her home, prompting a short, back-and-forth verbal spat.
However, the fight escalates when the two women get into a physical altercation in the living room. Their characters are hilariously replaced with stunt doubles but purposeful bad editing creates a funnier element.
The skit ends with the two women deciding to put their troubles aside, and become business partners due to Sandrine’s ‘financial abilities’ and Alexia’s ‘champagne recipe.’ As they exit, Keke stops, and asks if their stunt doubles are coming with them.
Fight: Alexia, Cecily’s character, demands why Sandrine, played by Keke, was in her home, prompting a short, back-and-forth verbal spat
Stunt doubles: Their verbal spat escalates when the two women get into a physical altercation in the living room
The editing: Their characters are hilariously replaced with stunt doubles but purposeful bad editing creates a funnier element
Dramatic: Once the stunt doubles stopped fighting, Cecily and Keke would jump back into place
Making up: The skit ends with the two women deciding to put their troubles aside, and become business partners due to Sandrine’s ‘financial abilities’ and Alexia’s ‘champagne recipe,’ while their stunt doubles join them as they leave the room
The following skit was a music video, which musical guest SZA, also joined in on. The catchy track revolved around the theme of cuffing season.
The setting was a snowy winter wonderland, with Keke starting off the clip with, ‘Winter has arrived y’all.’
She then explained the definition of cuffing season, explaining that it was, ‘The time of year when we find a man to keep us warm through these cold months.’
‘But not just any man will do,’ SNL cast member, Ego Nwodim chimed in. Cecily Strong added, ‘That’s right. We out here looking for some big boys.’
Cuffing season: The second skit was a music video around the theme of cuffing season, and musical guest SZA joined in on the fun
Catchy track: Keke explained the definition of cuffing season, explaining that it was, ‘The time of year when we find a man to keep us warm through these cold months.’
Winter time: Music began to play, and SZA appeared and sang lines such as, ‘It’s cuffing season. Now we got a reason to get a big boy…’ as part of a chorus
Music began to play, and SZA appeared and sang lines such as, ‘It’s cuffing season. Now we got a reason to get a big boy…’
Keke then came in for her own rap lines, followed by other SNL stars jumping in for their parts. At one point, Cecily was seen on a plane singing, ‘And if we gonna travel, you know we going on first class because he don’t fit in the back.’
When she dang the lyrics, ‘first class,’ the track slowed down, and mimicked the lines from Fergie’s hit song, Glamorous. The end of the video showed SZA performing the chorus once again, showing off her talented dance moves.
Kenan Thompson then jumped in, stating, ‘We out here ladies. We the reason for the season. These bears don’t hibernate in the winter. You know where to find us. We’ll be shoveling snow in shorts.’
Another sketch: The third sketch was a PSA about the rapper, Drake
Beginning: The video began with Ego, Punkie Johnson and Keke standing in a line to start the PSA video
Questions: They asked questions such as, ‘Are you a woman? Have you ever dated the rapper Drake? Have you ever met drake at a party, talked on Instagram?’
The third sketch was a PSA about the rapper, Drake. The video began with Ego, Punkie Johnson and Keke standing in a line.
They asked questions such as, ‘Are you a woman? Have you ever dated the rapper Drake? Have you ever met drake at a party, talked on Instagram? Or even made flirty eye contact with him at a restaurant?’
‘Has Drake then referenced you, your relationship, or the potential thereof in a song? If the answer is yes, you are not alone.’ A group of other women suddenly appeared and joined the three stars, with, ‘There are thousands of us. And you may be entitled to benefits,’ heard being said.
Some gave examples, with Keke stating, ‘My name is Keke palmer, and that Keke do you love me song ruined my life. Everyone was asking, are you that Keke? Yes, I’m the Keke, not that Keke.’
The group was called the United Tingz of Aubrey, referencing to the rapper’s full name, Aubrey Drake Graham. A list of ways that someone might be entitled was then shown on the screen.
To end the clip, the Untiled Tings of Aubrey was explained to be a place, ‘where tings can be left alone,’ with Keke adding, ‘And your name stays out of Drake’s mouth.’
Entitled: A list of ways that someone might be entitled for compensation was then shown on the screen
Group: ‘Has Drake then referenced you, your relationship, or the potential thereof in a song? If the answer is yes, you are not alone,’ was stated as the group was introduced as United Tingz of Aubrey
Conclusion: To end the skit, all the women held up a photo of the Canadian-born rapper
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