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25th Oct 2020

“I had to travel light”: Adele jokes about weight loss in SNL appearance

Anna Rourke

Adele has joked about her weight loss in her first TV appearance in almost four years.

The singer, 32, hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time ever last night.

She poked fun at herself in her opening monologue, saying she could only bring half of herself to New York for the show.

“And I know I look really, really different since you last saw me but actually, because of all the Covid restrictions and the travel bans, I had to travel light and only bring half of me – and this is the half I chose.”

Adele also credited SNL with giving her her big break in America 12 years ago.

She sang on the show to promote her debut album 19 the same night that then-vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin made an appearance. The high-profile political guest drew record ratings and inadvertently helped to give Adele plenty of exposure.

“I was a musical guest back in 2008 when Sarah Palin came on with Ms Tina Fey. So obviously a few million people tuned in to watch it and the rest is history!

“Now, I don’t know anything about American politics. I’m British, you know? And I don’t want to say anything too political, so I’ll just say this: Sarah Palin, babes, thanks for everything, yeah?”

She also showed off her acting chops; stealing the show in a sketch where she played a TV dating show contestant who kept breaking out into song.