Taylor Lautner On ‘SNL’ Recap: Defending Taylor Swift, Joining Team Edward And More

If there was any question whether Taylor Lautner would reciprocate rumored-girlfriend Taylor Swift’s shout out while hosting “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend, the answer came swiftly (get it?) in the show’s opening moments.

“There’s a lot of rumors out there about me being romantically linked to a certain country singer, and I want to take a moment to address that,” Taylor explained during his opening monologue. “Reba and I are just friends.” Kenan sure is getting a lot of mileage out of that red wig he found in the garbage a few weeks ago.

He-Taylor then acknowledged his much-talked about relationship with She-Taylor, recalling being on stage with the singing sensation when Kanye West interrupted her MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech. Doffing his leather jacket, the “Twilight” star showed the audience what he should have done, karate chopping a Kanye mannequin’s head off. And in a nod to the birthday girl’s “SNL” appearance, Taylor Lautner blew a kiss to the camera and mouthed, “Hi, Reba.” Watch the Kanye-butt kicking above.

Undoubtedly, the best skit from Saturday’s show was “Lab Partners” (press play above to see it!), a Team Edward vs. Team Jacob bit in which Taylor played an Edward Cullen-obsessed high school girl. Dressed in what could have been Taylor Swift’s Bella wig and a Team Edward T-shirt, Taylor held a mock- debate with Team Jacober Jenny Slate, arguing the merits of the ancient bloodsucker over the teen werewolf, making a few self- deprecating potshots along the way. “Those are fake abs,” said Taylor of Jacob’s beefed up physique. “They were CGIed like the wolves. If those abs are real than the dude that played Jacob deserves an Oscar.” Also, he kissed an Edward Cullen notebook. Too funny!

Taylor also gave strong performances as a spazzed-out football player trying to film a Rose Bowl promo and as a show-choir singer with snazzy dance moves and a thick accent. Something about the 17- year-old’s performance Saturday night felt slightly intense. Perhaps he was concentrating to get everything just right, but I would have liked to have seen him relax a bit more into the characters. Also, really Lorne?!? You guys couldn’t think of even one shirtless sketch for Taylor? Shameful!

What did you think of Taylor’s performance on “Saturday Night Live”? What was your favorite sketch?