Mario Lopez Memoir Coming in September
Fans are about to learn a little extra about Mario Lopez.
The Saved by the Bell alum and Extra host is penning a memoir. Publisher Penguin announced in a statement that Just Between Us will go on sale Sept. 30.
Lopez is best known for playing athletic hunk A.C. Slater on NBC’s Saturday morning teen sitcom Saved by the Bell, which aired from 1989 to 1993. Saved by the Bell: The College Years, a primetime spinoff, lasted one season (1993-94). Other members of the cast included Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley and Lark Voorhies.
It will be the second memoir from a Bell castmember, following Diamond’s raunchy 2009 book Behind the Bell, which presented an unflattering look at the cast and alleged numerous hookups among the show’s stars.
Specific details about what Lopez will cover in the book were not released but the announcement touted “a behind-the-scenes look into his successes and disappointments in the entertainment industry” and the “most intimate never-before-told stories, including the details of his often tumultuous and largely public love life—giving readers a look at the ups and downs of his romantic past leading up to a happily-ever-after with his beautiful wife and their two children.”
Added Lopez in the statement, “I share my most intimate stories and pivotal moments, some of the best and most important times of my life and the heartbreaking mistakes that still haunt me. There are no do-overs in life, so I had to learn to pick myself up and move forward, never forgetting the hard-won lessons.”
In his post-Bell career, Lopez has been the host of the entertainment news show Extra since 2008. He was also a contestant on Dancing With the Stars in 2006, finishing second to former NFL great Emmitt Smith. He was the subject of the VH1 unscripted series Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby about the arrival of his first child with wife Courtney Mazza. He was also briefly married to Ali Landry in 2004.
Just Between Us will be published via Penguin’s Hispanic celebrity imprint Celebra, which has released books by Ricky Martin, Pele, George Lopez and Soledad O’Brien, among others.
Lopez has previously published two health and fitness books with Celebra. Both were New York Times best-sellers.