Mario Lopez's Run as a Front-Runner to Co-host "Live With Kelly" is Reportedly Over

Mario Lopez's Run as a Front-Runner to Co-host "Live With Kelly" is Reportedly Over

Mario Lopez can kiss co-hosting "Live With Kelly" goodbye. 

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According to Page Six, the producers and Kelly Ripa are "amused and fed up" with Lopez, Rob Lowe, and Jeff Gordon using the race to promote themselves throughout the media. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lopez hinted at something but didn't give any details. When DeGeneres mention the rumors, he said, “I know, people were saying that. I love Kelly.”

“It’s a highly coveted job,” an insider said. “There’s no other show where the co-host gets to have their name in the title of the show — you don’t get that kind of prominence. That’s why they’re leveraging [their place in the race]. Just being in the mix is helpful to their careers and reputation. Well, Rob, Jeff and Mario are not getting the job.”

Sources are saying that because these gentlemen continue to talk about themselves it seems like they only care about their own careers and not the show. 

“After the whole thing with Michael, [the producers] want someone loyal. They want someone who is going to be in it long-term. They don’t want a self-promoter and to [have to] be doing this whole thing again in a year," the insider went on to say. 

Michael Strahan quit the show after getting a deal to be a co-host on Good Morning America in April. Anderson Cooper and Fred Savage are reportedly still in the running to join Ripa. 

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ABC is not expected to announce anything until November.