It’s official, X Factor fans! Mario Lopez will be returning to host the talent competition as it heads into its third season. Fox made an official statement this morning. In another bit of unfortunate news, Khloe Kardashian will not be returning. Rumors had swirled of Kardashian’s departure months prior to this announcement, but Fox gave the official word today via this statement.
You can read more at Billboard.
On his return to The X Factor, Lopez had this to say:
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.
In another statement, show judge and mentor Simon Cowell said this regarding Lopez’s return:
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.
What do you think? Are you happy to see Mario returning to host? Are you sad to see Khloe go? (Personally, if I had to keep one, I’d have sent Khloe to hosting lessons.)