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Even though Halloween is on a Saturday this year, that didn’t stop the daytime talk shows from getting into the Halloween spirit on their Friday episodes. Good Morning America, Today, Live With Kelly and Michael and The Ellen DeGeneres Show were just some of the programs that celebrated the holiday with costumed extravaganzas.
A number of famous figures were popular picks, including Donald Trump (GMA‘s Lara Spencer and Live‘s Kelly Ripa both dressed up as the real estate mogul turned presidential candidate), Katy Perry and her Super Bowl shark dancers (GMA weekend co-host Paula Faris appeared on the Friday edition of the ABC morning show as the pop star, joined by two of her colleagues in shark costumes, and Ripa spent the second half of Live as Perry with Strahan as the Internet sensation “Left Shark”).
Both of the ABC shows also used the holiday to promote the latest Star Wars film, from parent company Disney’s Lucasfilm, with the hosts dressing up as Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and even the new characters being played by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac in The Force Awakens.
And Fox’s hit Empire also got some love from GMA and Live, with GMA co-host Robin Roberts dressing up as Cookie Lyon and Strahan also dressing as Cookie for a Star Wars–Empire mashup on Live.
Read on for a breakdown of the costumes worn on many of the big broadcast-network talk shows.
[Editor’s note: Video and more shows will be added throughout the day as today’s episodes air and videos are posted online.]
Good Morning America: GMA‘s Halloween extravaganza, dubbed the “Monster Mash Dub Smash,” in honor of a lip-sync competition their costumed hosts competed in, was, as Donald Trump would say, “Huuuuge!” Lara Spencer dressed up as the Republican presidential candidate, complete with a Trump wig, suit with a bright red tie and podium. When the celebration moved inside, Spencer topped her look with a “Make America Great Again” hat as she danced as Trump. The show even aired a video of Spencer as baby Trump, wearing a mini suit, in a carriage much like the one she sat in last year when she played Prince George, being wheeled down a hallway as she told people they were fired.
As for the other GMA co-hosts, Robin Roberts did her best Cookie Lyon, Amy Robach dressed up as the redheaded Taylor Swift from the end of the singer’s “Bad Blood” video, complete with cardboard cut-outs of members of her squad, and after years playing George Clooney, George Stephanopoulos opted for Ed Sheeran, sporting a wig, beard, jeans and tattooed sleeves to match Sheeran’s inked arms. Meteorologist Ginger Zee was The Hulk, breaking through a brick wall with a giant muscular torso and arms, green face paint and blue tights. The pregnant Zee joked that this was the only way she could be made to feel bigger.
GMA also ran a spoof of the Star Wars trailer, entitled “Star Wars: The Lost Episode,” featuring Zee, Robach, ABC News correspondent TJ Holmes and GMA special contributor Jesse Palmer.
The celebration and lip-syncing contest were presided over by ABC News correspondent Sara Haines and Nick Lachey as Barbie and Ken, inside toy boxes. And judges for the competition included Faris‘ Perry, who claimed she didn’t even see rumored nemesis Swift’s performance of “Bad Blood,” Dan Harris as Harry Potter and guests Rumer Willis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Watch the video below to see who took home the “real gold” dub smash trophy and watch Stephanopoulos fall off the stage after his Sheeran is mobbed by fans. The ABC News veteran returned to the stage a couple of minutes later and seemed to be OK.
Today: As in past years, NBC’s Today co-hosts all dressed as part of a famous franchise. This year they were all members of the Peanuts gang, which is also the subject of an animated movie hitting theaters on Friday, Nov. 6. After animated Peanuts scenes, the show transitioned to live footage of the anchors as the characters. Al Roker took on Charlie Brown with Matt Lauer continuing his tradition of dressing as women by playing Lucy. Willie Geist dressed up as piano-playing Schroeder, complete with a flourescent yellow wig. Savannah Guthrie played Sally, joined by a blanket-carrying Carson Daly as Linus. Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall dressed as Marcie and Peppermint Patty and Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford portrayed Snoopy and Woodstock. Former co-host Meredith Vieira also stopped by, surrounded by a cloud of dust, as Pig Pen. After the full gang gathered in the Plaza, Lauer’s Lucy said, “This is going to be the best Halloween ever,” and they all danced to the famous Peanuts theme song.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 30, 2015
Today also posted a behind-the-scenes video of how its co-hosts transformed into the Peanuts characters.
Live With Kelly and Michael: Live dubbed its annual “Best Halloween Show Ever” bash, “Nightmare on 67th Street,” and in keeping with that motif, many of its costumed segments ended with people waking up from dreams of what had just occurred. Ripa and Strahan first took the stage as Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, dancing with storm troopers behind them. They then cut to a video segment, in which they mashed up Star Wars with Empire, with Strahan dressed as Cookie and Ripa continuing to play Princess Leia. The segment ended with Terrence Howard waking up from a nap with Yoda next to him.
They also did a spoof of Survivor with the 2016 presidential candidates, with Ripa dressed as Trump and Carly Fiorina and Strahan as potential 2020 presidential candidate Kanye West. After Strahan returned as President Obama, offering advice to the candidates, Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn woke up from a dream in the show’s Oval Office. Earlier, Ripa and Strahan dressed up as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, with Ripa sporting Kardashian’s look from her Paper magazine cover, Champagne and all.
The hosts were joined by a number of special guests, including Survivor host Jeff Probst, dressed as Sia, as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Reynolds, Julianna Margulies, Kerry Washington, Rob Lowe, Hugh Jackman, Seth Rogen, Ted Danson, John Stamos, Jimmy Kimmel and Ariana Grande, all of whom appeared in video segments.
For their last of many costume changes, Ripa and Strahan dressed up as Katy Perry and “Left Shark” and judged the show’s annual audience costume contest.
The fitting end of the show featured original co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford, made up to look like they did in 1992, waking up from a “nightmare” about the show in 2015.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show: After dressing up as George Clooney’s wife Amal last year, this year DeGeneres went for a fictional character, pretending she’s a new, “lesser-known” member of the Kardashian family, sister Karla. DeGeneres claimed Karla’s often left out of the family’s public appearances, including its many reality shows.
“I’m a big part of the family. But for some reason, I’ve always been cut out of the show,” DeGeneres’ Karla said. “And I understand — because they only have like 12 reality shows that are on TV 80 hours a week. But, you know, they didn’t have room for me.” She also pointed out how she was cropped out of a number of famous photos of the clan.
Claiming she gets “all the hand-me-downs” as the “younger sister,” DeGeneres’ Karla claimed she was wearing Kim’s Shape-Ups and Khloe’s blouse. But she noted “the booty is all mine.”
She even ran a fake promo for Keeping Up With the Kardashians introducing Karla and claimed that she inked an endorsement deal with Funions: “Put some fun in your onions.”
The View: ABC’s The View, which titled its Halloween special A Villainous View Halloween, kicked off with a horror movie trailer for “Killer View,” featuring the co-hosts walking through darkened hallways, often looking over their shoulders to see what danger was lurking nearby. Onscreen text teased that “daytime is about to become slay time.” The co-hosts also poked fun at their tendency to interrupt one another when they try to devise a plan and they all start talking over one another. The end of the segment showed Joy Behar waking up from a nap, claiming it was all a bad dream. She then grabs a copy of the New York Post, proclaiming “President Trump Wins in a Landslide” and screams, “Noooo!”
The co-hosts all dressed as Disney villains for Friday’s episode, with the show’s contributors playing the heroines of the same stories. Michelle Collins dressed as Ursula from The Little Mermaid, accompanied by Stacy London as Ariel. Raven-Symone was the wicked Witch from Into the Woods, accompanied by Padma Lakshmi as Rapunzel. Joy Behar was the Evil Queen from Snow White, accompanied by Ana Navarro as the titular princess. Paula Faris dressed as Lady Tremaine from Cinderella, with Molly Sims playing the princess. And Whoopi Goldberg played Cruella de Vil, and brought a stuffed Dalmation with her onto the stage.
The contributors spent much of the show in the audience, picking finalists for the show’s costume contest, but the hosts were joined by guest Seth MacFarlane who didn’t take long to ask what many business-minded viewers were likely thinking of the Disney costumes being worn on a show on a Disney-owned network: “How much of this is vertical corporate integration?” The co-hosts all insisted they weren’t trying to promote Disney characters and that those costumes were their idea.
The co-hosts also got several visits from trick-or-treaters: Kids, including Paula Faris‘ children, dressed in pop culture-friendly costumes like Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Kim Davis, Pope Francis, Tom Brady and a deflated football.
The Talk: On CBS’ The Talk, the co-hosts dressed up as famous musicians and each lip-synced to one of their artist’s hits. Julie Chen dressed up as Madonna, performing “Express Yourself.” Sara Gilbert performed Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love.” Sharon Osbourne took on Sia’s “Chandelier.” Sheryl Underwood did James Brown’s “Living in America.” And Aisha Tyler transformed into Beyonce, doing “Single Ladies.” On what it’s like to be Knowles for a day, Tyler said, ” “Here’s what I’ve learned, it must be really exhausting being Beyonce all the time. I need a nap! I need a hug! I want a puppy! I’m so tired. Walking in these shoes is like walking on top of another entire human being. I have pain inside of my soul that’s how uncomfortable this is. She is amazing and it’s probably every girl’s fantasy.”
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