Lopez will join Kit Hoover and Scott Evans as the frontmen of the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine as of Sept. 9. “Access Hollywood” has undergone a shakeup in recent months with the departure of co-host Natalie Morales and longtime exec producer Rob Silverstein.
Lopez is coming off a 12-year run as co-host of rival syndicated newsmagazine “Extra,” distributed by Warner Bros. As part of his pact with “Access,” Lopez has set a deal to develop a range of TV projects for Universal TV and Universal TV Alternative Studio.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Mario’s caliber join our ‘Access’ team,” said Maureen FitzPatrick, who was named senior executive producer of both “Access Hollywood” and “Access Daily” in March.
“Mario has grown up in the business and is able to