In the clip, the videographer addresses the elephant—er, we mean, cat—in the room, saying, “Oh, my god. That dress!”
Ripa goes on to confirm that the Tiger King similarities are no coincidence: “My Carole Baskin tribute dress.”
Even her co-host, Ryan Seacrest, joins in on the fun. “Look at that dress. Ah, and don’t forget the shoes,” he says before revealing his Carole Baskin-themed footwear (aka animal print sneakers).
Ripa’s outfit consists of a leopard print dress by Ba&sh, which features a button-down front, collared neckline and elbow-length sleeves. (The piece retails for $495 but is now sold out.) She’s wearing the same accessories she wore during a previous episode, including a Gucci butterfly belt and yellow Gianvito Rossi pumps.
This isn’t the first time Ripa has shared her outfit details on Instagram. Earlier this week, the talk show host posted a video, featuring her “groovy” ensemble. The frock has a retro pattern, a V-neckline and a fixed knot at the waist. The Essentiel dress is currently available for purchase on Shopbop for $325.
Fingers crossed Ripa kicked off the episode with a “Hey all you cool cats and kittens” introduction.