TV Guide: How did the Extra anchor job come about?
Mario Lopez: They have this new concept involving a social network, and they want the show to be very innovative and very clever. They asked me if I wanted to take the helm. I was flattered and honored. I love hosting, whether it’s a barbecue at my house or a TV show. And I’m still able to work on other projects, so it’s great.
TV Guide: What kind of changes can we expect?
Lopez: The set is definitely going to look different. There’s going to be a strong Internet presence. We’re going to have kiosks set up all over the country for people to come and ask questions.
TV Guide: You've had plenty of cameras trained on your life. Is it more fun to be behind the cameras in the gossip business or in front of them?
Lopez: Behind. [Laughs] But it comes with the territory in this whole MySpace, TMZ, YouTube world. You just have to take it with a grain of salt. It’s kind of funny.
TV Guide: What stories have gotten you upset?
Lopez: There are a lot of things that are untrue. If my social life was as active as they like to put out there, I would be a happier guy! [Laughs] But that’s not the case.
TV Guide: You have dated every girl in the business, haven’t you?
Lopez: According to the tabloids. It’s kind of funny. I wish I had time for a social life! That’s the irony. I don’t.
TV Guide: What do fans think of your recent TV Guide "Hot Bods" cover with The Hills' Audrina Patridge?
Lopez: People love that cover! They ask me to sign it a lot. I keep hearing that I look naked. They ask, "Did Audrina mind that you were naked?" First of all, I had shorts on. And I’m sure she would have minded!
TV Guide: Are you pinching yourself that all of this is happening to you at this point in your career?
Lopez: I am. I feel very blessed. I’m going to church and lighting a candle.
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