Taylor Swift: inadvertent wedding crasher? (John Shearer/AP)

Kathie Lee Gifford has bravely come forward to explain what really happened at the Kennedy wedding that Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy allegedly tried to crash.

During a segment on Thursday morning’s “Today” show, Gifford — stepmother of mother of the bride Victoria Kennedy and stepgrandmother of bride, Kyle Kennedy — said that Swift and her Kennedy boyfriend, a.k.a the inevitable subject of a ton of songs she will eventually write, were indeed asked to leave the Boston event after Victoria Kennedy asked them not to come.

Let’s allow Gifford, who attended, to explain, using language that sounds like it was ripped from a conversation my mother-in-law and her friends might have about a breach of wedding etiquette.

“Conor had e-mailed [Victoria Kennedy] or texted her or something like that, like an hour before and said — see, here’s the thing: he had not RSVPed,” Gifford explained while co-host Hoda Kotb assumed the appropriate “Mmm-hmm” face. “So she didn’t even know if he was coming or not. She heard that he might be. But he’d gotten in touch with her an hour earlier and said basically, ‘Can I bring my girlfriend?’ and — a beautiful sit-down dinner that had been planned for months. And he goes — ‘No,’ she said very nicely, ‘Please do not come.’ You know. And, because — guess what? Well then, they came.”

Gifford went on to note that Swift may not have realized she wasn’t invited, and that she and her Kennedy beau left the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel after being asked to do so twice. She also added that “It was the bride’s day” and that the sudden arrival of country music’s sweetheart might have yanked too much attention away from her. (This presumably is the same reason that Swift was not asked to perform at the reception. Well, that and the fact that constructing her set would have been a huge hassle.)

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Gifford’s account synchs up with what Victoria Kennedy told the Boston Herald about the whole debacle. “I personally went up to Ms. Swift, whose entrance distracted the entire event, politely introduced myself to her, and asked her as nicely as I could to leave,” she said. “It was like talking to a ghost. She seemed to look right past me.”

Swift’s rep, Paula Erikson, denied that account, saying “There’s no truth to that. Taylor was invited to the wedding and the bride thanked her profusely for being there.”

Meanwhile, an L.A. Times report says Swift and Conor Kennedy came for “a portion of dinner and returned for the reception, where they danced the night away.”

What I want to know is: Did they bring a gift? Because if they didn’t, that is just rude.