Ryan Seacrest Confuses Jeffrey Tambor for Dead Actor in ‘Ghost’

Ryan Seacrest had an awkward moment with actor Jeffrey Tambor on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” Wednesday when he mistook Tambor for the late “Ghost” actor Vincent Schiavelli.

Seacrest referred to Tambor’s roles on “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Arrested Development,” and “Transparent” as “unforgettable” while introducing his guest to the audience, and then went on to recount his fond memory of watching Tambor in “Ghost” as a child. Tambor, however, never appeared in the film.

“We talked about the things you have done and are doing, but to me, you’re the scary guy on the subway in ‘Ghost,'” Seacrest admitted.

Tambor took the error in stride and drew out his reaction for comedic effect.


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“Oh, this is horrible,” he said in his signature bass. “You’re gonna be embarrassed. That’s not me. He’s dead.”

Seacrest and co-host Kelly Ripa tried to play along with the mistake, with Seacrest pretending to get angry that his notes hadn’t been corrected and Ripa feebly interjecting that at least Tambor was still here.

An image of Schiavelli came up on screen for comparison, to which Tambor pretended to take offense.

“I am hurt. My reps are here and we are filing an action suit,” Tambor said mock indignantly. “I came on in good faith.”

The audience laughed along with Ripa and Seacrest as Tambor admitted that he had been mistaken for the actor previously when a waiter in Rome approached him, threw down a napkin, and said “Get off my train!” — a line from “Ghost.” He went on to joke that his wife even thought he was Schiavelli, and they had gotten married anyway.

Tambor visited the show to promote his new memoir “Are You Anybody?” available in stores now.

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  1. Jim Nasium says:

    Kelly & Ryan did not look like professionals after this mistake. They were grasping at finding something funny to say , and in the meantime, Mr Tambor saved them with comedic antidotes. The two hosts looked like twits. And someone tell Seacrest to put some socks on and be more professional. You are not on the LA beach scene anymore.

  2. Funnier for me: Flying home Tuesday night read interview with Tambor in “Hemispheres” magazine in which he recounts how often this happens, including “Get off my train!” story. #MEMoFromMichaelEdgarMyers Comedy Is Timing

  3. rexcraigo says:

    Seacrest being that stupid qualifies him to be president of the US.

  4. Deborah says:

    Never saw what Ryan saw in the kartrashings. He’s as stupid as they are😒 looks like he bit off more than he can chew😒 poor Kelly.

  5. TV Viewer says says:

    Jeffrey Tambor was an absolute gentleman. Kidded Seacrest a lot, but not in any way to embarrass him.
    Everyone knew how to handle the situation and handle it they did. By the way, Tambor’s explanation as to why he wrote this book and gave it the title he did is good. I look forward to it. I’m sure this moment will forever by on Ryan’s ‘clip reel’. Thank you.

  6. cwyates says:

    I was watching the show live. And the show is Kelly and Ryan live, so these things are going to happen and actually add to the appeal of the show. Ryan appeared a little embarrassed and mad at himself but quickly rolled with it as he knows better than anyone how to do. Both he and Kelly Ripa are such professionals; they are the best at using these moments as gifts for impromptu genuine humor. I am sure that is also the appeal for them in doing a live show, living a little on edge, which you can’t find on too many shows today. It was a great moment to see, and one of the reasons people love watching the show.

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