Maria Menounos Is Leaving 'Extra' & Will Host a New Show on E!
It's official: Mario Lopez has lost his co-host. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maria Menounos is leaving Extra and has landed a multiyear deal with E! She will host Untold With Maria Menounos , an hour-long entertainment news show. Each episode will feature three different entertainment news stories plus pop culture-y segments. In addition to Untold With Maria Menounos, she will also appear on other E! channel programs.
Rumors about her impending exit and feud with Lopez have been swirling around for a hot minute. When Lopez appeared on Watch What Happens Live back in April, a caller asked him point-blank about Menounos leaving. Lopez shot this down and said Menounos never actually announced that she was going to leave Extra. 'Twas a yarn spun by the tabloids, he said. WELP! It looks like the tabloids were onto something.
In an official statement, E! president of network strategy and E! news Cyndi McClellan says the network is "so excited to have Maria join the E! team to help drive the growth and expansion of E! as the global entertainment news leader."
"We’re thrilled to bring her talents to the network," she continues. "And to collaborate with her as we create and develop exciting new programming together."