EXCLUSIVE: Mario Lopez on Replacing Regis Philbin, "I'd Do a Great Job"

This morning, we spoke briefly with Mario Lopez to see if the rumors about his meeting with Live with Regis and Kelly producer Michael Gelman were true and if he was considering filling Regis Philbin’s iconic shoes. When we pointed out that he was doing well on our reader poll of who should replace Regis, Lopez was excited! But he wasn’t so thrilled to find out that Daisy Fuentes was giving him a run for his money. “They can’t do girls! Kelly won’t want that. Kelly wants to be the only girl up on there. I love Daisy but Kelly doesn’t want that.”

As for the rumors that he’s been meeting with producers for the show and could be a finalist, Mario gushed, I’m honored just to be mentioned in the discussion. I love Regis and Kelly. I had a great time doing the show when I filled in many times. I’m looking forward to filling in more. Kelly and I get along great. We have great chemistry. I’m just flattered that they’re talking about me.” 

Sounds like Mario would be more than thrilled to take on the huge task of replacing Philbin, but he does have his family to think about, especially 5-month old Gia. “Oh, I’d definitely consider it,” Lopez admitted. “It’s a lot to think about because my family is out here in L.A. but I love New York. I think Kelly and I would have a lot of fun. I’d do a great a job. I think it’s something [to] definitely consider.”