Because You Can Never Get Enough “Tiger King,” Here’s A Roundup Of Daytime TV’s Halloween Extravaganzas

October 30, 2020 / Posted by:

It’s All Hallows Eve eve, and that means it’s time to see what magical and amazing Halloween costumes are possible when you have the budget of a major television network at your disposal and access to the best hair, costume and makeup professionals in the business before realizing that your mom and her 1970s Singer sewing machine did it better.

As usual, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest went with a wide selection of trending Twitter topics for inspiration, serving up a plethora of 2020 pop-culture costumes. And also as usual, the folks at Today made a big, chaotic, and possibly demonic mess with a salute to Broadway. And Ellen DeGeneres, well she tried to play nice this year by dressing up as a nurse “inspired by the real superheroes of 2020,” but got her ass dragged for not going as the maybe more appropriate Nurse Ratchet instead. This is Halloween 2020, what did we expect?

According to People, the Live With Kelly and Ryan gang kicked off their show by paying homage to 2020’s most absurd, and tragically, enduring obsessions, Tiger King. Ryan dressed up as Joe Exotic and Kelly dressed up as Carole Baskin. But lest you accuse them of being unoriginal, Kelly ALSO dressed up as Joe Exotic and Ryan dressed up as a tiger!

To kick off the show, Ripa, 50, and Seacrest, 45, walked out dressed as Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic, respectively, from Netflix’s hit documentary miniseries Tiger King.

“Hey all you cool cats and kittens,” Ripa hilariously said, trying Baskin’s trademark catchphrase on for size.

Yes, according to People, it’s still hilarious! Here’s Kelly and Ryan’s costumes. They also dressed up as Moira and David Rose from Schitt’s Creek, probably because it won a bunch of Emmys and not because they’ve actually seen it. And presumably because of ABC’s ties with parent company Disney, there were also costumes from The Mandalorian and the Disney Channel Original Movie Zombies.

Did they do as good a job as Kim Kardashian and her spare husband Foodgod? You be the judge! As for Today, they may never reach the absurd heights of Halloween 2015 when the crew dressed up as Peanuts characters, burning forever into my brain the cursed image of Meredith Vieira’s Pig Pen costume, but they keep trying. This year they paid tribute to Broadway in a bloated segment hosted by Carson Daly. Miss the magic of live theater only with none of the talent but all of the poorly rehearsed lip syncing? Well then, we have Rusicals for that. But now, also this.

And finally, here’s Ellen trying to prove she’s not the cold, heartless tyrant she’s made out to be. She’s a flasher who got stuck in a wormhole, traveled through time and popped out wearing a World War II nurse’s outfit and a shiny cape she shoplifted from CVS.

Poor dear, she really can’t win. Unless you count still getting paid millions of dollars, despite allegedly treating your staff and anyone who gets in your way like shit winning. Jesus Christ I sound bitter. This used to be fun. Happy 2020 Halloween!

Pic: YouTube

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