Ryan Seacrest is only a few weeks into his new gig as co-host on “Live!” but he’s already made one major on-air flub.
Though Jeffrey Tambor has had a long career in film and television with memorable roles in “Arrested Development”, “The Larry Sanders Show” and his award-winning role in “Transparent”, Seacrest believed he had appeared in the Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore drama “Ghost”. Despite his many on-screen characters, one role the actor most certainly didn’t play was the menacing subway ghost in the 1990 film; That memorable part was played by character actor Vincent Schiavelli, who died in 2005.
“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 tells Tambor.
After a pause, Tambor tells Seacrest, “Oh, this is horrible. You’re gonna be embarrassed. That’s not me.”
“Oh gosh!”, an obviously embarrassed Seacrest blurts, choking on his words. Tambor handles the flub smoothly, seemingly reassuring the flustered Seacrest.
“How are you doing? You all right?” Tambor asks before telling him the actor in question is actually Schiavelli.
For his part, Seacrest takes full responsibility, pointing to an off-camera producer and saying, “No wonder it wasn’t in anybody’s notes. I said, ‘No, I think he’s the scary guy in ‘Ghost’.”
“Wow, here we go. He’s dead,” Tambor says to laughs. “I’m still here. We tried to book Vincent Schiavelli and he’s passed so here I am,” he jokes as an image of the late actor appears on-screen, calling it a “spitting image” of himself, but with hair.
While Seacrest and Tambor seem to see a resemblance, Ripa does not.
“I don’t see it,” she chimes in as Tambor shows off his trademark deadpan humour.
The actor reveals Seacrest isn’t the first person to make the mistake, detailing an encounter with an Italian waiter who mistook him for the late Schiavelli.
“He came up and he went, ‘Get off my train!'”, Tambor recalls. “And I had no idea what he was talking about and I said, ‘Sir, I just ordered the pasta.’ He was imitating Vincent Schiavelli who is a spitting image, obviously.”