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Kelly Ripa addresses ‘Generation Gap’ on new ABC prime-time game show

NEW YORK — ‘Live With Kelly and Ryan’ is on ABC every weekday morning, but now Kelly Ripa is branching out to host a prime-time game show – and Ryan Seacrest has a surprise appearance in the first episode of ‘Generation Gap. “

The new show grew out of Ripa’s friendship with Jimmy Kimmel, and fans of his late-night show know he’s often gently poked fun at the differences between the older and younger generations and made those differences laugh.

“I’m very close to Jimmy’s family,” Ripa said. “He’s very close to my family and he said to me, ‘You’re literally the only person I know who can host this show.’ Because he knows I work well with kids. Anyone under 13, that’s my sweet spot. These are my people.”

Ripa finds the gap between grandparents and their grandchildren funny.

“What they know about each other’s generation always surprises me, and what they don’t know always shocks me,” she said. “And this is a game show that focuses on those differences.”

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Each episode features two teams representing a generation competing against each other, but the host says this is more of a comedy show than a game show.

Various segments allow visitors, and her father, Joe Ripa, sings a selection of music, and Seacrest makes an appearance during a segment dealing with the question “Who am I?”

Ripa calls the finale, Toddler’s Choice, the “most exciting part of the game”.

An additional prize is offered to the winners, but there is a catch. This prize must be chosen by the youngest member of the family and big laughs will ensue.

“If you offer a toddler a choice between an incredible toy or a new car, they will choose the toy,” Ripa said.

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Ripa’s own children are now young adults who are close to their grandparents and help them with any technical problems that arise.

“I think the bigger generation gap is between me and my kids,” Ripa said. “I never understand what they’re even talking about. It’s like they’re speaking a foreign language to me.”

Generation Gap airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on this ABC network.

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