Ryan Seacrest didn’t know Jeffrey Tambor; thought he was a dead actor
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Ryan Seacrest attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
In the clip from the show, the new host listed a few of Tambor's credits before adding that he enjoyed Tambor's performance as "the scary guy on the subway" in the classic 1990 film but the "Transparent" actor was not in "Ghost."
"Oh, this is horrible. You're going to be embarrassed. That's not me," Tambor said. "It's Vincent Schiavelli."
"No wonder it wasn't in anybody's notes. I was like, 'I think he's the scary guy from 'Ghost,'" Seacrest scrambled.
Tambor continued, “Wow, here we go. He’s dead.”
That's when Kelly Ripa tried to jump in and ease the growing tension.
“But you’re still here!” she joked to the actor.
Before letting it go, Tambor decided to have a little fun with the co-hosts.
"We tried to book Vincent Schiavelli, but he's passed away and here I am," he said as a photo of Schiavelli came on the screen. "What is wrong with you? I came on to sell a book, not to be insulted. I am hurt. My reps are here, and we are filing an action lawsuit. I came on in good faith."
According to Tambor, this isn't the first time he has been mistaken for Schiavelli. Tambor revealed that he was once on a train and a waiter approached him, threw down his napkin and recited Schiavelli's famous line, "Get off my train!"
"I said, 'Sir, I just ordered the pasta.' He was imitating Vincent Schiavelli, who is a spitting image, obviously," Tambor joked.
Tambor took the mix-up in stride and didn’t seem to have any hard feelings about mistake.