Olivia Dunne, the renowned LSU gymnast, appears to have aspirations in the realm of hosting.
She recently auditioned for the third hosting position on ESPN’s “ManningCast,” alongside Eli and Peyton Manning, in a promo shared by Peyton’s Omaha Productions.
Dunne was featured in a seven-minute comedy sketch that included several stars, such as retired NFL quarterback Tom Brady, Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, and various active players and coaches.
During the skit, the 20-year-old Sports Illustrated model, who is entering her senior year at LSU and holds the distinction of being the NCAA’s highest-paid female athlete, arrived at the ManningCast host auditions wearing her sparkling purple Lady Tigers leotard.
When asked where she might be recognized from, she playfully responded with, “Have you heard of TikTok?” Peyton appeared momentarily confused but said, “Sure,” to which Dunne asked, “Really?” before he shook his head and said, “No.”
In another part of the promo, Dunne playfully tossed a football that knocked a bucket of cheeseballs out of the hands of San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey, who humorously requested a heads-up next time.
Dunne made her entrance in the skit after Witherspoon, who FaceTimed Peyton in search of bundling her home and auto insurance, referencing Peyton’s role as a Nationwide spokesperson. Brady made a cameo appearance at the end of the promo, sitting next to a dog in the audition waiting room and conveying his disappointment at not securing the “ManningCast” job.
The promo featured a total of 35 personalities from the world of sports and entertainment, building anticipation for the third season of “ManningCast.”
Dunne’s appearance in the “ManningCast” promo followed her viral moment over the Labor Day holiday weekend. She lip-synced to Tim McGraw’s song “Something Like That” in a TikTok video while pumping gas, capturing the lyrics: “It was Labor Day weekend, I was 17, I bought a Coke and some gasoline.”
The influential gymnast, with over 12 million combined followers on TikTok and Instagram, is currently preparing for the 2023 gymnastics season with the Lady Tigers.
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