‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ Heads to the Multiverse for Halloween Celebration Episode


NEW YORK — It’s become a tradition on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” to dress up for Halloween.

Regular fans of this show often say that the Halloween episode is their favorite of the whole year, which is just one of the reasons the staff members spend months planning it.

They called this year’s edition “Live’s Multiverse Halloween: The Best in the Universe”.

It was a mad dash to different worlds of entertainment, separated by time and space – which meant hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest were definitely outside their comfort zone.

Kelly says the Halloween show, for her, is “a treat and not a trick”. But there were still many surprises.

This hour of “Live” featured over 70 different costumes.

“The glue, the wig, the sweat. It’s very uncomfortable! said Ryan.

“Sandy, he wouldn’t last five minutes being a woman on TV, that’s all I have to say,” Kelly told me.

And speaking of women, there was Kelly’s turn as Courtney Kardashian, saying “yes” to a wedding dress.

“I thought it went well,” executive producer Michael Gelman said, waving at Kelly and Ryan. “These two were amazing. The editing was amazing…the special effects…I think everything came together perfectly.”

Real star cameos added to the fun.

There was John Stamos in a “Full House” – “House of the Dragon” mash-up.

And Kal Penn came to the studio dressed and speaking in the voice of Cookie Monster!

“I was going to talk like that for the whole interview, but I decided I shouldn’t,” he said.

In years past, the “Live” audience was filled with people in very elaborate costumes, but not during the pandemic.

So the return of the costume contest, with five finalists and one winner, was a welcome return to life as it once was.

“And we’re starting to work on next year now, aren’t we?” Ryan says after the end.

“Exactly, yes,” Gelman said.

I’ve posted photos from inside the “Live” studio on my Instagram account, @sandykenyon7, so head over there for lots more Halloween behind-the-scenes fun.

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