Internet reacts to apparent mispronunciation of Travis Kelce's name

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Posted at 6:51 PM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 19:52:12-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — So the "E" is silent, huh? That's what Kansas Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said about the pronunciation of his last name.

In a Nov. 2020 interview with Barstool podcast, “Bussin’ with the Boys," Kelce said his surname is pronounced “Kels” as opposed to “Kel-see.”

A clip of the podcast surfaced on Twitter Wednesday, leaving the fans and Chiefs players shocked.

Kelce tweeted that one pronunciation was correct, the other he uses as a nickname — not specifying which was which.

In official media releases sent out by the Chiefs, the correct way to say the tight end's name is "KEL-see."

41 Action News Chiefs insider Pete Sweeney, Editor-in-Chief of Arrowhead Pride, did some digging — finding the 2007 University of Cincinnati pronunciation guide with Travis' brother, Jason Kelce.

Kelce earned 1,416 yards receiving and recorded 11 touchdowns in the 2020 regular season.