Mario Lopez out as Westminster co-host
With only two weeks remaining before the big event, the USA Network has announced that Mario Lopez is out as co-host of the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Tamron Hall is in.
On Friday the network announced that MSNBC’s Hall would be replacing Lopez as the co-host of Westminster, America’s second longest continuously held sporting event (behind only the Kentucky Derby).
“It saddens me to say I will not be able to co-host this year’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show, due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts,” Lopez said. “I wish Tamron, David and all the dogs the best of luck. I will be cheering you all on from LA.”
“I’ve been a dog lover my entire life,” said Hall. “I currently have two furry ‘best friends’ in my family, and I can’t wait for the show. I’m honored to be given the opportunity to join this team.”
Hall will be co-hosting the event with David Frei in his 21st consecutive year with the show. NBC Sports’ Tiffany Simons will also appear as a sideline reporter.
The first hour of the show will air on USA at 8 p.m. Monday, February 15.
The next two hours will air on CNBC, from 9 to 11 p.m. On Tuesday, all three hours, including the crowning of the 2010 Best in Show, is back on USA, from 8-11 p.m.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 1st, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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