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Tony Shalhoub Jokes About Missing Taylor Swift at NFL Game: "She's Such a Monk Fan"

Monk actor Tony Shalhoub joked with Seth Meyers about how disappointed he was to not meet Taylor Swift at the Chiefs/Packers game.

By Grace Jidoun

We’re all counting down to the premiere of the new Monk movie Mr. Monk’s Last Case on December 8, but star Tony Shalhoub revealed he had something else on his mind during a recent visit with Late Night with Seth Meyers. The beloved actor, who plays Monk, was at the same Packers vs. Chiefs football game on Sunday night as Taylor Swift and he admitted he was “disappointed” he didn’t see the megastar singer, who was just named Time’s “Person of the Year.”

Tony Shalhoub didn't get to meet Taylor Swift

Split of Tony Shalhoub and Taylor Swift

A Green Bay, Wisconsin native, Shalhoub is a longtime fan of the Packers, so their defeat 27 – 19 of the “Kansas City Swifts,” as he joked, may have provided some consolation. Swift is a regular fixture at the Chiefs games, rooting for her boyfriend, tight end Travis Kelce.

The Emmy and Tony award-winning actor took some gentle ribbing from Seth Meyers, who flashed a photo of Shalhoub bundled up and looking cold on the sidelines during the warmup. “It must have been a rare case where nobody cared about you at all,” teased Seth. “She’s always in a very warm box seat, and you’re just on the field,” he added.

“My thunder was not only stolen but actually sent out into the stratosphere,” joked Shalhoub, though his many fans would beg to differ, and he certainly brought some serious star power to the Green Bay Packers side.

For the record: Tony moved to a box seat for the game, but unfortunately, he and Taylor Swift were in two different areas. We’re sure she was just as disappointed. Shalhoub even joked that he knows she would have loved to meet him, sarcastically saying "she's such a Monk fan."

Seth joked, “Almost half her songs are actually about Monk.” Without missing a beat, Shalhoub responded, “subliminally, yes.”

Honestly, we wouldn’t put it past her.

The Monk series from USA Network ran for eight entertaining seasons and won a Golden Globe and a whopping seven Emmy Awards, earning a huge and loyal following along the way. Monk fans are eagerly anticipating the reunion movie, a Peacock exclusive, where we’ll catch up with our favorite obsessive-compulsive detective in a post-pandemic world.

Tony Shalhoub on the Monk Movie idea

Traylor Howard as Natalie Teeger, Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, Ted Levine as Leland Stottlemeyer, and Jason Gray-Stanford as Randy Disher

The core cast of Monk reunited during the peak of the Covid-19 lockdowns for a hilarious PSA titled “Monk in Quarantine” about social distancing and wearing masks. The overwhelmingly positive response to the 7-minute short inspired series creator Andy Breckman to put the wheels in motion for the movie.

“We sort of all became more like Monk for basically two years. We all sort of Monked out a little bit,” observed Seth.

“That is laced into the plot of our movie,” explained Shalhoub on Late Night. “He has gotten knocked back on his heels, he’s regressed. He is now worse than he was when we first met him in the pilot. But also, that the world has changed, and he doesn’t look quite so neurotic anymore.”

The movie follows Monk as he solves a difficult case involving his stepdaughter Molly, as she prepares for her wedding. We can’t wait to see the unorthodox ways the brilliant detective gets to the bottom of it.

Mr. Monk's Last Case: A Monk Movie premieres on December 8th on Peacock. Stream all eight seasons of the show now on Peacock.

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