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ABC digs up ‘Mole’ host

Jon Kelley set for reality gig

The identity of “The Mole” is still a secret, but the name of the show’s new host can be revealed: Jon Kelley.

Kelley, a former weekend anchor for “Extra,” replaces original “Mole” man Anderson Cooper. Cooper, an unknown at the time of the show’s 2001 debut, is now a key CNN primetime anchor.

It’s believed ABC is planning to air the new “Mole” Mondays at 10 p.m., starting May 26. Skein will likely be paired with another Alphabet reality revival, “The Bachelorette,” which is being eyed for a possible May 19 debut.

ABC wasn’t talking about its summer sked plans Friday, though it’s expected the net could announce its intentions as early as today. Like its rivals, Alphabet has been stocking up on nonscripted summer skeins, with as many as eight series expected to roll out during the third quarter.

Among the shows contending for a summer berth: the Ant and Dec quizzer “Wanna Bet?,” the stunt-focused “Wipe Out” and the competition skein “Big in Japan.”

“The Mole” — from Stone & Co. — has been on an extended hiatus … since 2004. ABC aired four editions of the paranoia-themed competition, including two featuring celeb casts. Latter editions were hosted by Ahmad Rashad.

In addition to his multiyear stint on “Extra,” Kelley’s credits include a gig as lead anchor for Fox Sports Net’s “The National Sports Report” and “Baseball Today.”

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