Mario Lopez Joining ‘Access Hollywood' as Co-Host

The popular host arrives at NBCUniversal bringing a wide range of entertainment news and lifestyle experience

Mario Lopez is joining the NBCUniversal family. It was announced Wednesday Lopez will be leaving Warner Bros. 'Extra" and joining Kit Hoover and Scott Evans as host of both “Access Hollywood” and its daytime counterpart, “Access Daily” (formerly “Access Live”) beginning on Sept. 9.

In addition, Lopez has signed an overall development and producing deal for both scripted and alternative programming with Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

The announcement was made by Tracie Wilson, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution.

“Mario is a multi-talented television personality. Drawing from his experience as an entertainment TV and radio host, actor, author, and, of course, a father and husband, Mario brings a fresh voice and perspective with creative ideas to our business,” Wilson  said in a release. “Our viewers know him and love him, and we are so excited to have him as a part of the NBCUniversal family.”

Lopez, who's been in the public eye for decades dating back to his starring role on as A.C. Slater on "Saved by the Bell" said, “I have long admired the team at NBCUniversal and all the shows being produced,” Lopez said. “I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to join in that success and develop scripted and alternative projects on their many creative platforms.”

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