Peyton Manning tackled rumors about Tom Brady’s retirement while gushing over Netflix’s “Emily in Paris” on “Saturday Night Live.”
The 45-year-old, two-time Super Bowl champion chatted with “Weekend Update” host Colin Jost about the apparent parallels between Brady, 44, and the titular character of the show, Emily Cooper, played by actress Lily Collins.
Just hours before, speculation that Brady planned to retire from the NFL made headlines and caused the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback to trend on Twitter. Although the rumors were sparked by NFL insiders, the Associated Press later reported that Brady hasn’t made a final decision.
Jost began by asking Manning what he thought of last week’s NFL games, which Manning said he heard were good but didn’t watch because he was tuned in to “Emily in Paris” season 2.
“I watched the entire season straight through,” Manning said. “Oh my God, Colin. This show has everything: adventure, sensuality, culture, a fresh take on feminism — finally. Not to mention, a culinary tapestry so rich, I can only describe it as food porn.”
Jost attempted to steer the conversation towards Brady’s retirement rumors, which Manning called “speculation.”
“Yeah, I’m not sure it’s true. I think it’s probably just speculation, but if it were me, I probably would retire, too, if it gave me more time to watch ‘Emily in Paris,'” Manning said. “And I really think for Tom right now, it’s just a tough decision between balancing his career and relationships — sort of like Emily.”
Manning then gave a rundown of Emily’s storyline from the current season.
“Let me break it down for you. This is a classic showdown between Emily’s career and her love life,” Manning said as a football playbook appeared on the screen. “The O’s were completely being dominated by the X’s, and there were a lot of exes, if you know what I mean,” he continued.
Manning later compared Emily’s love triangle in season 2 to a football play by saying she had “to go through her progressions and check down to Alfie in the flat. Sure, it feels like a broken play, and she says just dumping it off, but emotionally, she’s making forward progress.”
He added: “You know what’s not sitting on the sidelines? The fashion! Striped parachute pants, plaid newsboy hat, fur-trimmed cardigan, and fingerless driving gloves.”
Manning finished the segment by sharing the life lessons “Emily in Paris” taught him while wearing a red beret similar to Emily’s character.
“But if I’ve learned anything from Emily, it’s to follow my passions and always be true to myself,” he said.
By Lauren Edmonds