The annual “Live with Kelly & Michael” Halloween extravaganza aired on Oct. 31 and it was a smashing success. As usual, hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan made dozens of costume changes and channeled the hottest people, shows and stars of pop culture, including Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, “Duck Dynasty,” “Breaking Bad,” Honey Boo Boo and many, many more. Executive Producer Michael Gelman and Art Moore joined in on the fun for a full 60 minutes of Halloween hoots and hollers.
Kelly and Michael opened the show dressed as Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. They reenacted the singers’ shocking VMA performance of “Blurred Lines,” complete with twerking moves and a foam finger. After the song, Miley and Thicke roamed the halls and Ripa (as Miley) joked, “I just know after that performance, we’re going to be the talk of the music scene.” The bit moved to Ripa riding a “Wrecking Ball” and claiming the scene was more difficult to shoot than people know. Kelly asked, “Do you know how many Hannah Montana dolls I had to sell to get this ball?” Hollywood Life posted on Thursday, “Kelly is the latest person to dress as Miley for Halloween – and definitely did her justice! She twerked to perfection and had a raunchy look on her face the whole time.” “US Magazine” posted that the Cyrus/Thicke bit was the highlight of this year’s Halloween show.
Another great skit featured a guest appearance by Ian Ziering from “Sharknado.” “Live” produced and aired a funny preview of “Sharknado Too.” Ripa played the part of Tara Reid and Strahan made a guest appearance as Samuel L. Jackson.
One of the funniest Halloween bits on the Oct. 31 episode was a sports segment that featured Strahan’s entire Fox Sports crew. Michael appeared as Serena Williams, Tiger Woods and Dennis Rodman. Kelly dressed up as tennis champ Rafael Nadal and Lindsay Vaughn.
Giuliani Rancic also made a special appearance for a funny segment that featured pop news. During the bit, Art Moore starred as June, Kelly as Honey Boo and Sugar Bear from “Here Comes Honey Boo.” “Live” followed it up with Art, Michael, Kelly and Gelman all decked out as the crew from “Duck Dynasty.” In other TV news, Ripa appeared as Jesse Pinkman and Strahan as Walter White from “Breaking Bad.”
The last Halloween skit on “Live” was a music video set to the undeniably catchy song that’s all the rage, “What Does the Fox Say?” The special effects were phenomenal, with Ripa and Strahan seeming to fly through the air at times. At the end, Michael J. Fox yanked off his own fox mask and surprised everyone.
“Live with Kelly & Michael” also staged a Halloween costume contest that was open to the public and awarded the winner a whopping $10,000 prize. The finalists included Mr. Peanut, a great pumpkin, a haunted tree house, Hansel and Gretel soup, Peewee’s Playhouse, Dracula, Trick or Tree Team, a headless man, a mirror man and his security team, and a “Live” coffee mug. The tree house was named the 2013 winner.
Other celebrities that made cameo appearances on Live’s Halloween special included Cher, Robin Williams, Mike Tyson, Robert De Niro, Julianne Hough, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Long Island Medium, plus Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos from “Extra.”
Overall, the entire hour was very funny and delivered as promised – the biggest and best Halloween special ever. Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan and “Live” scored a game winning touchdown this Halloween. Concerning Ripa and Strahan’s chemistry, the Seattle PI says, “It’s a marriage made in Nielsen heaven.”
To see Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan’s 2013 Halloween costumes, be sure to check out the slideshow above and to the left. To see Kelly Ripa play Miley on her “Wrecking Ball,” don’t miss the video.
“Live with Kelly & Michael” is executive-produced by Michael Gelman and is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The 60-minute show airs in more than 200 markets across the U.S.
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