Mario Lopez is in, Khloe Kardashian Cut From The X Factor
It’s official: Lopez is in and Kardashian is out. Actor and TV personality Mario Lopez will return to host the third season of The X Factor, but reality star Khloe Kardashian will not join him as co-host, Fox announced Monday.
The network did not reveal whether they will find a replacement for Kardashian or whether Lopez will be going solo. In any case, Lopez said in a statement he’s excited for the third season of the hit singing competition that has launched the careers of successful artists such as Leona Lewis, Tate Stevens, and One Direction.
“I’m looking forward to returning to The X Factor team,” Lopez said. “We’re coming back stronger and better than ever and I’m excited to check out all the new talent.”
Kardashian received mixed reviews as co-host, and the show struggled in the ratings throughout the second season. Fox didn’t elaborate on the reasons behind the reality star’s departure, saying only that they “really enjoyed working with her” and wishing her “all the best in her future endeavors.”
Simon Cowell, who originally brought on Kardashian in a bid to boost the show’s ratings, said he is looking forward to working with Lopez once again.
“I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three,” he said. “Hosting a live show and keeping the judges – especially Demi – in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”
The third season of The X Factor is set to premiere this fall
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