Leave it to Matt Lauer to steal the spotlight in a swimsuit. With Halloween-themed morning shows cancelled in 2012 due to Superstorm Sandy, the Today show celebrated the holiday, full force on Thursday, Oct. 31 to compensate for last year.
As the hosts of the program slowly trickled out in their costumes — Al Roker as Mr. T, Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie as Laverne and Shirley, Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb as Flintstone characters, Carson Daly channeling Larry Wilcox’ CHiPs character Jon (with the show’s former star Erik Estrada in tow) — the clear and apparent winner of Halloween 2013 was Lauer dressed as Pamela Anderson‘s Baywatch character C.J. Parker.
The Today show host made a memorable entrance as he mimicked C.J.’s opening credit run in slow motion. Dressed in the iconic form-fitting red swimsuit, Lauer completed his Halloween costume with a makeshift tan and long blonde wig — his face caked with make-up. The crowd outside Rockefeller Center roared in response.
But that’s not all! Willie Geist accompanied Lauer dressed as David Hasselhoff’s character on the show. The dynamic duo was then joined by real-life Baywatch cast member Carmen Electra.
With the Today show pulling out their biggest Halloween surprise yet, the theme of classic TV show costumes worked out well for the group. The hosts of ABC’s Good Morning America, meanwhile, celebrated its Halloween “Buzzy Awards” with George Stephanopoulos dressed as George Clooney‘s character in Gravity, Robin Roberts channeling Oprah in The Butler and the best of this bunch? Lara Spencer coming in like a wrecking ball.
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