10:00am PT by Shirley Halperin
'X Factor': Mario Lopez to Return as Host, Khloe Kardashian Out
Mario Lopez will return to The X Factor for his second turn as host, Fox announced today.
In addition, the show's producers confirm, "Khloe Kardashian will not be returning to co-host The X Factor, adding, "We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors."
The TV personality joins show creator Simon Cowell and singer Demi Lovato for the series' third season. No word yet on who will fill the open two seats at the judges’ table or whether Lopez will have another co-host.
For season two, Kardashian shared hosting duties, her first proper TV gig outside of the Kardashian franchise’s hit reality shows.
Said Lopez in a statement: “I’m looking forward to returning to The X Factor team. We’re coming back stronger and better than ever, and I'm excited to check out all the new talent.”
Added Cowell: “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.”
Open auditions for season three of X Factor are in progress.
Lopez also will continue hosting duties on the syndicated entertainment news show Extra as well as the Clear Channel radio show On With Mario Lopez.
X Factor season-two winner Tate Stevens’ debut album will be released Tuesday.