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Mario Lopez expecting a baby with girlfriend Courtney Mazza

March 11, 2010 |  1:09 pm

Mario Mario Lopez, the host of "Extra" and "America's Best Dance Crew," says he's about to start a little crew of his own -- he and girlfriend Courtney Mazza are expecting a baby this fall.

Boy or girl? Turns out they want to be surprised, he told People on Wednesday.

"I'm really excited. I'm happy. I can't wait to be a dad," he said.

The former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant, whose two-week marriage to actress and Doritos girl Ali Landry was annulled in  2004, met Mazza in 2008 when the two were performing in "A Chorus Line" on Broadway.

He spoke to OK! magazine about her in November: “She has her own passions and interests ...

... and I have my own passions and interests. I think that’s what keeps things healthy. We both like to exercise, dance and that sort of thing, but she’s her own person.”

That was shortly after he'd played down their relationship, to OK!, but also told the mag that he'd like to settle down and start a family in the future: “Oh yeah, definitely. I come from a very strong family structure and I like having my family around me, so I welcome it.”

Now's your chance, Mario. Best wishes to all.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Mario Lopez was in Dallas on Feb. 13 for the NBA's All-Star Weekend. Credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images.

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