Mario Lopez is set to return as the host of Fox's reality singing competition, the network announced on Monday. Fox also confirmed reports that Khloé Kardashian Odom will not be returning for the third season. "Khloé Kardashian will not be returning to co-host 'The X Factor.' We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors," a spokesperson for the show tells E! News.
A source close to "The X Factor" assures us there is no drama behind the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star's exit, saying, "Everyone on the show had a great relationship with her and thought she was fun to work with."
"I'm looking forward to returning to 'The X Factor' team," Lopez said in a statement. "We're coming back stronger and better than ever and I'm excited to check out all the new talent."
Of Lopez's return, Simon Cowell said, "I'm thrilled Mario is back for season three of 'The X Factor.' 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."
Our source tells us, "No decisions have been made about replacements yet."
"The X Factor" returns for its third season this fall on Fox.