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By Douglas Barclay 

During a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres, longtime TV personality Mario Lopez was grilled by the talk show host about whether he might replace Michael Strahan on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

The “Saved By the Bell” actor has been a longtime friend to ABC and the program, and he could be a logical choice to step in for Strahan once he leaves the show in a few weeks.


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“I know. People were saying that. I love Kelly. I’ve guest hosted with her a few times; she’s awesome. I actually did a movie with her husband, Mark [Consuelos], who’s a real good guy,” Lopez said after Ellen told she had heard rumors he was next in line.

Despite his attempt to move on to a different topic, Ellen refused to let Lopez off easily.

“‘Cause you’re gonna guest host again?”

“Yes, I’m looking forward to it.”

After Lopez refused to say that he wasn’t going to be the full-time replacement, Ellen called him out and pointed out that his lack of a “no” answer may mean it is a “yes.”

“Well, I got to go over everything with Mrs. Lopez,” Lopez explained of any big career move.

“She’s the real boss of the house, so we’ll see what she has to say about that.”