Mario Lopez is not “gunning” for Ellen DeGeneres’s daytime hosting job, despite reports. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct these phony claims from two related outlets. We’re told he’s absolutely not looking to take over her talk show.
According to near verbatim pieces from RadarOnline and its sister publication, the National Enquirer, after recently filling in for DeGeneres on her talk show while she took some time off in August, Lopez has supposedly gone on a “charm offensive,” all in an effort to turn his guest hosting gig into a “full-time” job. A so-called “industry spy” is quoted as telling the two outlets his turn as fill-in host “went very well” and now he’s “focused on impressed everyone at the show” because he wants DeGeneres’ chair. While the alleged “industry” insider acknowledges Lopez is “not an obvious choice” as DeGeneres’ replacement, it’s noted he certainly has “enough experience” as the host of “Extra,” which he’s supposedly “desperate to move on [from] to something bigger.”
The two outlets further maintain they have a “second source,” who adds that when DeGeneres retires, she wants to ensure the show’s quality and rating “won’t suffer” and that she’s replaced one day by someone “she approves of.” Of course, the claim doesn’t even make sense. Why would there be a longterm host of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” without DeGeneres? That would be like Jimmy Fallon currently hosting the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Also, glaringly missing are specifics such as to whom Lopez allegedly directed his “charm offensive.” Was it the show’s executive producers? Or its distributor, Warner Bros.? Or did he do try to persuade all the NBC-owned stations that carry the hourlong program? And why did the tabloid and its sister site write this story now when Lopez filled in two months ago?
The reality is DeGeneres’s show was renewed through (at least) 2020, and she hasn’t indicated any desire of late to retire. Regardless, we checked in with the “Extra” host’s rep, who exclusively tells Gossip Cop, “Mario has a longstanding personal and professional relationship with Ellen and would never ‘gun’ for anyone’s job, especially Ellen’s.”
One thing, however, that’s refreshing is that while the Enquirer has a track record for being wrong about the comedic talk show host, at least this time it’s not focusing on her love life. In June, for instance, Gossip Cop corrected the tabloid when it falsely maintained on its cover that DeGeneres had dumped her wife, Portia de Rossi. Much like that tale, Mario Lopez is not “gunning” to be the next host of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.”