Lopez, 45, recently filled in for DeGeneres during her two-week vacation — and he’s launched a charm offensive to win the gig full-time!
“He was allowed to sit in the hot seat and it went very well,” snitched an industry spy.
“Now Mario’s focused on impressing everyone at the show.
“He’s not an obvious choice to take over from Ellen, but Mario has more than enough experience, and he’s desperate to move on to something bigger than Extra.”
A second source squealed: “Ellen wants to make sure that when she does retire, the show won’t suffer, and her chair goes to someone that she approves of.”
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