What Some Of The Daytime Talk Shows Did For Halloween

October 31, 2018 / Posted by:

There are few things more American than the enduring tradition of daytime talk show Halloween hi-jinks. You take a bunch of middle-aged talking heads, a squad of professional makeup artists and costume designers, and a squealing studio audience; put ‘em in a pop culture blender on puree and voila! Whoopi Goldberg dressed as a purple baby vampire. And there’s no getting out of it at this point. It’s a whole thing now, everybody must participate. Do you think Ryan Seacrest enjoys sitting in a makeup chair for three hours and getting cinched up in a corset? I don’t know his life! But he does it whether he likes it or not.

Live with Kelly and Ryan decided to have a running theme for the day and, according to Hollywood Life, put together over 60 different looks based on the theme of “reBoooot” (get it?!?!). In both pre-taped skits and live on air, Ryan, Kelly Ripa, Kelly’s husband Mark Consuelos and a bunch of other people offered takes on I Dream of Jeannie, I Love Lucy, Saved By The Bell, Laverne & Shirley, C.H.I.P.S. and a bunch of other stuff that involved a lot of grease paint and spackle. Here are some of the LWKAR highlights.

Ellen always has a good time during the season and already had a big “W” when she scared Diddy with a clown. But that didn’t stop her from going all out with her costume this year. Ellen went as a contestant on The Bachelor named Kelllly D, complete with a chest plate of giant latex titties and a Town Car.

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She even filmed and entire skit with Milo Ventimiglia as the bachelor. Here’s the 10 minute long bit. Lord, she was doing the most.

The ladies of The View were also doing the most with an elaborate scripted entrance for each host. Here’s Meghan McCain looking like she’d rather be just about anywhere else than standing in front of a live studio audience wearing an adult sized Elsa costume from Walmart. Too bad Meghan, the choices you’ve made have led you here today.

And here’s Whoopi’s whatever this is supposed to be. I don’t have kids and I didn’t see this look when I was shopping for cat costumes, so I’m a bit baffled by what my eyes are telling my brain.

Whoopi definitely wins scariest of the bunch. Other looks on The View were Joy Behar as The Mid-Terminator, Sunny Hostin as Okoye from Black Panther, and Abby Huntsman as several flavors of Lady Gaga (she is the only one who had costume changes).

The View’s cooler, prettier younger sister The Real, paid homage to their favorite lady talk show hosts. Tamera Mowry gave us Tyra Banks with a better weave, Jeannie Mai was Ellen DeGeneres, Loni Love was early Oprah, and Adrienne Bailon went as Sally Jesse Raphael.

This is all fine and good but I know what you are all really dying to know: Did Wendy Williams pass the fuck out again? Sadly, the answer is no. Wendy did dress up, but it was pretty lazy. She went as The Queen of Hearts, but really looked more like she only had a Jessica Rabbit wig and a “make it work moment” on hand. Wendy did kinda sorta talk about her “faintation” and made it clear she does not like Halloween, never has, never will (click through for video).

Wendy is so brave, isn’t she? Only somebody with true grit would dare to remain on the air after having already created one of the most iconic moments in television history. She’s never going to top it. Nobody ever will. Brava, Wendy. You the real MVP.

Pics: YouTube, The Real

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