It’s spooky season, and morning and daytime talk shows want to play too.
In honor of Halloween, talk show hosts including Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and “The Talk” hosts are donning their best costumes Friday to kick off the holiday weekend and get fans in the spirit.
While “The Talk” and “Today” show hosts stuck to a collective theme of dressing up as athletes, the “Live with Kelly and Ryan” annual Halloween extravaganza has a total of 40 different costume changes. Ripa and Seacrest’s show will pay homage to TV’s biggest pop-culture moments of 2021 like “Squid Game” “Queen’s Gambit” and “Bridgerton.”
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The “Today” show team brought the football field to New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Friday. The morning show’s anchors threw it over to NBC sportscaster Mike Tirico to introduce “Football Fright in America.”
Hoda Kotb dressed in a blonde wig and sequin dress in Carrie Underwood fashion to kick off the costumes while lip-syncing Underwood’s “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night,” which is the theme song for NBC Sunday football coverage.
After the opening song finished up, Carson Daly and Willie Geist teamed up to dress in full football padding and several championship rings as Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl 2021 superstars: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Craig Melvin also dressed up as Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, complete with a curly wig and thin mustache and goatee.
While Mahomes, Brady, and Gronkowski all have Super Bowl rings, the real attention grabber is the halftime show. Al Roker took a break from the weather and suited up with a red sequin blazer and afro as The Weeknd, singing “Blinding Lights” in front of bandaged background dancers. Sheinelle Jones did a separate halftime show brushing her hair back and opting for a pompadour fade to resemble Bruno Mars during his 2014 halftime show performance.
‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’
Ellen DeGeneres is wrapping up the last season of her daytime talk show. She’s rounded up some of her favorite costumes from the past and put them on display on social media in anticipation of her “Ellen Show” costume finale which takes a look at the comedian in the future.
Dressed in a pink housecoat, leopard fanny pack and visor DeGeneres arrived to the set of her show, which was set up with La-Z-Boy chairs, in a Porsche Power Wheelchair.
“I’m going to miss doing stuff like this. Catch me as future Ellen on the final Halloween show,” she posted on Instagram.
DeGeneres wasn’t alone in the dress-up games: Chris Jenner appeared as her guest dressed Cruella De Vil. The two both reclined back in their chairs as they conducted the interview.
‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’
It is a Halloween extravaganza after all.
Ripa and Seacrest clearly wanted to be members of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin crew as the duo as they rocked blue jumpsuits resembling the ones William Shatner wore when he went into space earlier this month.
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After disembarking their “Boo Origin” space apparatus, the talk show duo’s producer Michael Gelman popped out of the TV as Marvel’s Vision in “Wandavision.” Their “Live” executive Art Moore was dressed as Wanda in a red dress, cape and lilac tights. “Wanda, you’re such a vision,” Seacrest told Moore.
Many of the 40 costumes were combined into one scene as they did TV mashups like their interpretation of what Season 2 of “Queen’s GambitThey could also look like if “Squid Game” took over a chess match. They also combined Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” with Ripa dressing as Daphne, and Apple TV + ‘s “Ted Lasso” to create “BridgerTed.” The remake paired Ripa’s Daphne with Seacrest’s Ted as her suitor while they danced to a strings rendition of Sisqo’s “Thong Song.”
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Other costumes included dress-up games of “Star Trek,” “MTV moon men,” “Emily in Paris” and “The Jetsons.”
Tamron Hall joined in on the fun and took her costume “Up” to new levels. Hall joined her live studio audience dressed as Cardi B – specifically, when the rapper revealed to the world she was expecting her second baby during the BET Awards in June.
In a rhinestone-embellished bodysuit with a mesh cut-out around a fake pregnant belly, Hall paired the look with a long black wig and stiletto nails to match.
After a break, Hall returned to the show dressed as another icon who also welcomed a child this year:Naomi Campbell. As Campbell, Hall wore a velvet blazer, plaid skirt, pink feather boa and high platform shoes – a necessary accessory for the 1993 supermodel’s catwalk on the Vivienne Westwood runway, which caused Campbell to fall.
‘The Drew Barrymore Show’
Drew Barrymore took her viewers on a costume-filled trip through time, from the past all the way to the future.
The actress and her frequent guest Ross Mathews dressed up for the decades in everything from a ’20s era flapper and silent comedian movie Charlie Chaplin to a’ 80s era Madonna and Boy George.
They also hosted a futuristic “Drew’s News” segment set in 2051. Wearing shiny silver suits, they dropped headlines from the future, including the condos Jeff Bezos build on Mars that “definitely look like a (expletive),” Barrymore joked of their phallic shape.
“I’m sorry, that’s what the space race is all about, just a condo-measuring contest,” she teased.
Amanda Kloots, Sheryl Underwood, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Jerry O’Connell and Natalie Morales decided to do Halloween as iconic pop stars and athletes.
At the start of the show, the hosts walked the appropriately colored orange carpet as Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Harry Styles and even stopped to give “interviews” to Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier.
“Thanks Kevin, fashion is my life. I have a recording studio under here it’s where we recorded ‘Shallow’ with Bradley Cooper,” Kloots, who looked like a spitting image of Gaga at the 2019 With Galasaid.
The “Talk” hosts took another turn on the carpet, but this time as sports stars.
Kloots channeled her inner Olympian and dressed up as skier Lindsey Vonn; Underwood went as the Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson; Gbajabiamila shot for the stars as NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal; O’Connell channeled America’s quarterback Tom Brady; and Morales is Olympic soccer star Megan Rapinoe.