The long-running show, Saturday Night Live, has been the birthplace of many comedians as well as celebrity news, exclusive, never-before-seen images, and funny reveals on live television. This past weekend was no different.
Actress and comedian Keke Palmer hosted Saturday Night Live this first weekend of December and gave the audience a surprise, and during her opening monologue, revealed she is pregnant with her first child.
The “Akeelah & the Bee” and “Hustlers” star wore a trench coat with snap buttons and said she wanted “to set the record straight” about some “rumors going around” that she’s having a baby.
“I am!” she continued, whipping open her coat to reveal her bare baby bump underneath.
She continued, “I gotta say, though, it is bad when people on the internet spread rumors about you y’all, but it’s even worse when they’re correct. I mean, like, I was trying so hard to keep it on the down low, cause I got a lot of stuff going on, you know? But honestly this has been the biggest blessing, and I am so excited. Guys, I’m going to be a mom.”
The 29-year-old then joked how she had been trying to keep her pregnancy on the “down low” for fear of losing some sponsorship deals, including one with a liquor label.
“Let the check clear, and then we can get to the damn baby shower,” she joked.
She wore a cropped shirt and jacket in the closing credits to emphasize her expecting state one more time as the episode ended.
Palmer had pretty much kept her romantic life private until now. So many are wondering who the child’s father, Darius Jackson, really is.
Darius is the brother of actor Sarunas Jackson, who appeared in Issa Rae’s hit HBO show, Insecure. He also is working on an acting career, and has had worked in fitness as an instructor at Inspire Fitness.
Palmer was introduced to Darius by Sarunas, after she had a cameo on Insecure herself. They reportedly met at a Memorial Day Party in May of 2021, and went public with their relationship in August 2021.
At the time, Darius celebrated Palmer on her birthday, in a post that has since been deleted.
“You’ve been a blessing from above,” he wrote at the time. “Never would have expected summer 2021 to turn out the way it did, but here we are. I’m glad we were able to help each other throughout our lowest of times & show one another that what we are bringing to the table is everything that we got.”
Still up on her TikTok account, however, is a video of her leaning in for a kiss from Darius behind a fan, covered with the words, “Lady miss takes what she WANTS.”
On Sunday, December 4, the day after her SNL reveal, Darius shared a photo of Palmer looking very obviously pregnant in his Instagram Stories with the numbers, “2023,” and a red heart emoji.
Over the span of her 20+ year career, Palmer notes that she struggled with unexplained weight gain, facial hair, and chronic acne. Yet, she was only diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in 2020.
What Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a chronic condition in which a woman’s body produces an excess of