Who even knew Mario Lopez was in the running to be Kelly Ripa’s co-host?! The Extra host was ribbed by Ellen DeGeneres on her April 29 show about rumors that he might be replacing Michael Strahan but this is the first we’ve heard of it!
Is Mario Lopez gunning for Michael Strahan‘s spot on Live! With Kelly & Michael? Ellen DeGeneres grilled Mario, 42, during her show and said that she had heard he might take Michael’s spot and he didn’t deny it! But we thought Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen were the top choices? This is getting very interesting.
“That’s very flattering,” Mario said when Ellen mentioned the buzz that he might be joining the show. “Very flattering. You’re so nice … No, I know, people were saying that [I would join the show]. Again, very flattering. I love Kelly [Ripa]. I’ve guest hosted with her a few times she’s awesome. I actually did a movie with her husband Marc who’s a real good guy.” Mario then joked that he had to run everything by his wife before making any decisions: “Well, I got to go over everything with Mrs. Lopez. She’s the real boss of the house so we’ll see what she has to say about that.” So … he’s not denying it. Could this mean that Mario would become Kelly’s co-host?
Meanwhile, Anderson was asked during WWHL if he had considered taking Michael’s job: “I love Kelly, and I think Kelly is the heart and soul of that show,” Anderson first shared, singing Kelly’s praises. “It’s gonna go on and continue to be great and I wish Michael the best in his new endeavor. Look, I’m very happy at CNN. It would be a dream to work with Kelly but no one has offered anything.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think Mario would make a good co-host?