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Mario Lopez Gets Flustered by Question About Maria Menounos Leaving Extra

Come again? It turns out, Mario Lopez won’t be hosting Extra by himself any time soon — or so he says. Despite earlier reports, the Saved By the Bell alum claimed that his co-host Maria Menounos is not leaving the entertainment news show during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, April 24.

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The admission came as a shock to host Andy Cohen, and was revealed only after a caller asked Lopez if Menounos, 35, was saying goodbye because the two don’t get along.

“No, I see her at work. I see her every day. She’s not leaving,” the frazzled 40-year-old professed. “No, until I don’t see her there, she’s there. She’s on the show.”

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Lopez seemed uncomfortable during the questioning, as he awkwardly tried to find which camera to look into. Cohen replied: “But didn’t Maria announce that she was leaving Extra?”

“No, she didn’t,” Lopez clarified. “No, it’s not true.”

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Maria Menounos and Mario Lopez Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

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Menounos has branched out since joining Extra in 2012. Last month, her new Oxygen docu-series Chasing Maria Menounos premiered, which features her boyfriend, Keven Undergaro, and her parents, Costas and Litsa.

As for bad blood with Lopez? “There is no bad energy,” a source told Us in March. “Maria has so much going on with her reality show, and she’s happy that she has so many options to explore right now.”

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