Come Sunday (June 17,) fathers all across the country will hear from their children just how great they are, but leave it to EXTRA’s Mario Lopez to truly make it official. On Monday (June 11,) the much-loved actor and talk show host accepted the honor of being named a 2018 “Father of the Year” Honoree from the National Father’s Day Council, and the very next day, he still sounded a tad in shock.
“I can’t believe it,” Lopez told Hoda Kotb on the TODAY show. “People like JFK and (Ronald) Reagan have gotten it, so I’m like ‘are you sure? Did you make a mistake? Did you run out of dads?’”
And while the former star of “Saved by the Bell” might joke about his selection, he says he ultimately takes the honor very seriously. “I was extremely flattered and humbled,” said Lopez, who accepted the award with wife Courtney and their two children by his side. “I’ve been blessed to do so many cool things but nothing will ever compare to being a father. It’s the most important and fun role I’ve ever had.”
“We are proud to honor Mario, as he epitomizes what we look for in a Father of the Year,” said Dan Orwig, President & CEO of The Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council in a recent press release. “Despite his hectic schedule packed with interviews and red carpet moments, Mario prioritizes his family, while accomplishing his philanthropic duties.”