It’s been assumed for weeks, but now Fox is making it official: Khloe Kardashian is leaving Fox’s The X Factor, while her co-host Mario Lopez will remain with the show.
“Khloe Kardashian will not be returning to co-host The X Factor,” the show’s producers said in a statement. “We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
Meanwhile the Extra host has survived the cut and will likely serve as the show’s sole host for the third season. He joins returning judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato, with at least one more judge (presumably two) yet to be announced. Producers previously confirmed former judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid would not come back for another season.
“I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of The X Factor,” said Cowell in a statement. “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.”
It will be interesting to see who Cowell persuades to join as a judge for the show given Factor’s track record for high talent turnover. X Factor returns to Fox this fall.