Mario Lopez, host of CBS’ “Candy Crush,” isn’t shy about cheering for the contestants on his new game show.
“I get very invested, and I root for them,” Lopez told TheWrap. “There’s no better feeling than giving people a significant amount of money that could really help changes their lives, so that’s the coolest part about it.”
The “Extra” anchor said it was a no-brainer for him to take part in the show that’s based on the popular mobile game and hands out $100K during each episode.
“I love games, and I love game shows — I think I’ve been on all of them, and I get very competitive, and it’s fun,” Lopez said. “I just like the concept of ‘Candy Crush’ because it’s simple, it’s fun, but it’s a team effort and you’ve got to use some strategy. It’s about communication and being cool under pressure and being able to think quick on your feet.”
The TV personality, who launched his showbiz career in the role of A.C. Slater on the enduring 1990s comedy “Saved by the Bell,” said he is not opposed to revisiting that character in a Netflix-style reboot.
“It’d be a lot of fun to do, and I love those guys,” Lopez said of his “Bell” co-stars. “I’ve got so much going on, it’d be kind of tough. But if there’s a way to pull it off, I’m definitely open to it.”
“Candy Crush” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.