As the rumour mill heads into overdrive with reports that Mario Lopez is among the frontrunners being considered to replace Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on “Live!”;, Lopez would neither confirm nor deny the rumours — but did it in a way that hinted they may be right on the money.

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“That’s very flattering. Very flattering. You’re so nice,”; Lopez responded to Ellen DeGeneres’ question about the rumours during a visit to her talk show today.

“I know, people were saying that. I love Kelly,”; he added. “I’ve guest hosted with her a few times, she’s awesome. I actually did a movie with her husband, Mark [Consuelos], who’s a real good guy.”;

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Ellen, however, kept hammering away, and questioned him further. “I’m looking forward to going back and guest hosting again,”; Lopez replied.

“”Cause you’re gonna guest host again?”; she continued.

“Yes,”; confirmed the former “Saved By the Bell”; star. “I’m looking forward to it.”;

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“And then maybe you’ll be the replacement?”; queried Ellen refusing to let the subject drop. “I’m not starting rumours. You’re not shutting it down. You’re not saying absolutely not.”;

“Well, I got to go over everything with Mrs. Lopez,”; he replied. “She’s the real boss of the house so we’ll see what she has to say about that.”;