Mul­roney yucks it up Canuck-style with Ripa

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — The Wendigo, chi­nooks and pou­tine were among the Canuck top­ics touched on as CTV per­son­al­ity Ben Mul­roney co-hosted Live! with Kelly from New York City on Fri­day.

“(Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Michael) Gel­man and I sat to­gether and said, ‘Noth­ing says Cinco de Mayo fes­ti­val like Ben Mul­roney,”’ host Kelly Ripa quipped at the start of the show, ref­er­enc­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of Mex­i­can her­itage that’s held ev­ery year on May 5.

“Thank you very much — muchas gra­cias,” replied a suit-clad Mul­roney as he sat be­side Ripa.

“Thank you so much for hav­ing me back. This place looks fan­tas­tic.”

Mul­roney, who co-an­chors the CTV en­ter­tain­ment pro­gram etalk, had hosted Live! with Kelly once be­fore — dur­ing last month’s tap­ing in Banff, Alta.

CTV, which airs the syn­di­cated morn­ing talk show on this side of the bor­der (though not in Win­nipeg), says the Banff episode fea­tur­ing Mul­roney as co-host gar­nered the show’s high­est au­di­ence ever in Canada, with 685,000 view­ers.

On Fri­day, he and Ripa dis­cussed the Banff tap­ing as they in­ter­viewed Ed­mon­ton-born Cas­tle star Nathan Fil­lion.

Ripa noted that she had learned a new “Cana­dian word” ev­ery day dur­ing her Banff stay and asked Mul­roney and Fil­lion if they could quiz each other on Canuck lingo.

Fil­lion stumped Mul­roney on the “Wendigo,” which is a can­ni­bal­is­tic spirit de­scribed in Al­go­nquin mythol­ogy

Mul­roney then tried to stump Fil­lion on “chi­nook,” but the ac­tor knew it was a term to de­scribe warm winds that are preva­lent over the Cana­dian prairies.

Ripa expressed shock that Mul­roney and Fil­lion didn’t know each other.

“I thought that was im­pos­si­ble. I thought all Cana­di­ans knew each other. That’s a ru­mour in Amer­ica,” she joked.

Mul­roney also chat­ted with Ripa about his twin sons and the Canuck dish pou­tine, a blend of french fries, gravy and cheese curds that Ripa said she dreams about “con­stantly.”

Later, celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez cooked tacos and Mex­i­can pou­tine for Mul­roney and Ripa in hon­our of Satur­day’s Cinco de Mayo.

The episode wrapped with Mul­roney and Ripa com­pet­ing against an 11-year-old cup-stack­ing world cham­pion from Ar­ling­ton, Va.

Mul­roney is the lat­est celebrity to try co-host­ing du­ties since Regis Philbin re­tired last year.

The guest stints are seen by many as an in­for­mal au­di­tion.

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