EXCLUSIVE; Why Travis Kelce’s off-field work could be ‘shut down’ by Chiefs after NFL star lands new TV roles.

Travis Kelce


The Kansas City Chiefs are monitoring Travis Kelce’s off-field commitments and could shut them down if the tight end’s performances begin to suffer, Mail Sport understands.


Travis Kelce

Kelce has helped Kansas City to successive Super Bowl victories and he recently signed a two-year extension to become the NFL’s top-paid tight end.

The 34-year-old is also taking steps into television – Kelce was recently named the host of ‘Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?’ and then on Tuesday it emerged that he had landed his first acting role, too.

Kelce has joined the star cast for Grotesquerie, as Deadline first reported. The Chiefs are understood to be happy with Kelce’s work away from football and are willing to give him a ‘long leash’ – especially given the circus surrounding his relationship with Taylor Swift.

But a source told Mail Sport: ‘If it affects his play on the field, they will make sure to shut that down immediately.’.

Travis Kelce and Niecy Nash

The source said: ‘The Chiefs organization is still riding high from their Super Bowl victory and are very happy with Travis, that’s why they recently gave him a new contract, but they are monitoring his outside commitments.

‘It’s fine to do commercials, TV Shows, and all of that, but if it affects his play on the field, they will make sure to shut that down immediately.

‘They are giving him a long leash, especially this past season with all the coverage that came from Taylor being at games.

‘But if his play on the field suffers and it is because he is stretching himself too thin, you won’t be seeing Travis doing any other TV shows.

In fact, Mail Sport has been told, members of the organization’s front office will have no issue ‘reprimanding’ Kelce if his focus slips.

Travis Kelce and Niecy Nash

‘The coaches and the organization don’t anticipate that to happen but will criticize him if his play turns for the worse this upcoming season and they will 100 per cent blame his outside commitments.

‘The team wants another Super Bowl with the help that Travis brings, and if he puts too much focus on being a game show host, there will be many disappointed people in the front office who will have no problem reprimanding him.’

The 34-year-old made his acting debut when he hosted Saturday Night Live in March 2023. He also made a cameo on the sketch comedy show that October alongside his A-list girlfriend, Swift.

That wasn’t his first time on the small screen, however, as he starred in the reality dating series Catching Kelce in 2016.

Ryan Murphy

Back in February, he revealed he has a passion for comedy during a press conference ahead of the Super Bowl.

‘Man, I’m comedy all the way,’ Kelce said at the time. ‘I don’t know if I’m anything else. I just like to have a fun time and make people laugh.

‘I’ll dabble into everything, though. Just to see if I have fun doing it. And I know there’s definitely Hollywood talks out there, but I’ve been focused on football throughout the season so I’ll probably have a lot of those meetings and conversations when it is all said and done.’

Murphy has a history of helping stars from other fields cross into acting, including Lady Gaga, whose first acting role was in American Horror Story.