Katy Perry took a big swing at LSU on nationally television — in the form of a corn dog.
Perry, a pop music superstar who served as the guest picker on a segment of ESPN’s “College GameDay” program on Saturday morning, chose Auburn to beat LSU in Saturday night’s top-15 game.
She did it in splashy fashion, removing a platter of corn dogs from underneath the GameDay set’s desk and throwing one toward the camera.
“We heard about you LSU. ... Heard you were hungry!” Perry said during the broadcast while raising the platter of corn dogs.
For years, LSU’s rival fan bases in the Southeastern Conference — namely Ole Miss — have referred to Tigers fans by using corn dogs, a reference to their alleged carnival-like smell.
College GameDay, a 27-year-old football preview show that broadcasts live from college campuses, was on location at Ole Miss’ campus on Saturday morning. No. 11th-ranked Ole Miss hosted No. 3 Alabama on Saturday.
Ole Miss fans roared from behind the “College GameDay” set as Perry produced the platter of corn dogs. She was surrounded by the weekly Game Day crew of former college coach Lee Corso, former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard and ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler.
GameDay chooses a different guest picker each week. Perry’s producer is an Ole Miss graduate.
“As is the case with most of GameDay, it’s an unscripted show, and with our guest pickers, we have no clue what’s going to happen until it happens,” said Lee Fitting, coordinating producer for “College GameDay,” in a written statement from ESPN.
Perry referred to LSU as “LS-PEW” before the stunt involving the corn dogs. Perry has a concert in New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center on Wednesday.
Although the comments and dialogue are free-flowing during the segment, Perry brought a plate of corndogs, among other props, to the set, so her actions would seem to be premeditated. ESPN officials, however, insisted the network had no idea what Perry intended to do.
“We certainly are aware of any props … but at the same time, it’s unscripted, so we’re not exactly sure what she or any other guests will do,” said Mark Gross, an ESPN senior vice president.