The new show grew out of Ripa’s friendship with Jimmy Kimmel, and fans of his late-night show know he often poked fun at the differences between older and younger generations and exploited those differences to laugh.
“I’m very close to Jimmy’s family,” Ripa said. “He’s 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. They’re my people.
Ripa finds the funny in the gap between grandparents and their grandchildren.
“What they know about the next generation always surprises me, and what they don’t know always shocks me,” she said. “And it’s a game show that focuses on those differences.”
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Each episode features two teams representing one generation competing against each other, but the host says it’s more of a comedy show than a game show.
Various segments allow visitors, and her father, Joe Ripa, sings musical selections, and Seacrest appears during a segment that asks “Who am I?”
Ripa calls the finale, Toddler’s Choice, the “most exciting part of the game”.
Winners are offered an additional prize, but it comes with a catch. This prize is to be chosen by the youngest member of the family, and great laughter ensues.
“When you give a toddler a choice between an amazing toy or a new car, they’re going to choose the toy,” Ripa said.
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Ripa’s own children are now young adults close to their grandparents and help them with any technical issues that arise.
“I think the biggest generation gap is between me and my kids,” Ripa said. “I never understand what they’re talking about. It’s like they’re speaking a foreign language to me.”
“Generation Gap” airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on this ABC station.
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