The American incarnation of The X Factor has seen more featured players come and go than the cast of Designing Women. And yet again, we bid farewell to one of Simon Cowell's costars: this time, the departing individual is Khloe Kardashian, as reported by series producers via Deadline. However, fans might take comfort in knowing that Mario Lopez, Kardashian's co-presenter, has officially signed on board for the Factor's upcoming Season 3.
Brought onto the Fox series as a replacement for Season 1 presenter Steve Jones, Kardashian is leaving for yet unspecified reasons. Producers stated on Monday, "Khloe 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 press release from the reality series indicates that Saved by the Bell vet Lopez will be among the returning players. Cowell, the show's creator and one of its judges, and Demi Lovato, another judge brought onto the cast in Season 2, are also returning.
But Kardashian is among the far larger community of ex-X stars. Season 2 marked the absence of presenter Jones, judges Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and Cheryl Cole. Season 2 judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid are new departures, with no replacements named at this time.
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