Khloe Kardashian will not be returning to judge “The X Factor.”
Producers from the singing competition released a statement saying they “really enjoyed working with [Kardashian] and wish her all the best in the future.” But they said she will not return to the show.
As Fox News Latino reported, rumors swirled back in February that Lopez would become the sole host on “The X Factor.”
“They are asking Mario [Lopez] to come back, but not Khloe,” a source knowledgeable of the situation told the New York Post months ago
Kardashian, who is married to NBA stat Lamar Odom, took on the hosting gig without any previous experience, unlike her counterpart whose hosted multiple entertainment shows such as“Extra” and “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
The Huffington Post is reporting that the real reason why Kardashian will not be returning is because rival singing competition “The Voice” paid her off.
“I am sure there was a big percentage of Khloe’s fans who followed her to ‘X Factor,’” LA hosting expert Marki Costello said.
Costello is known for providing her on-camera coaching expertise to reality show stars such as “The Voice” judge Cee Lo Green to name a few.
“But at the end of the day, when she doesn’t know what she is doing, are you helping your show or hurting it?
“It was really hard for me to watch Mario with her,” she continued. “It made me, as a viewer, almost uncomfortable.”
Kardashian is not the only one to leave “The X Factor” recently. Pop princess Britney Spears, who was pocketed a whopping $15 million to be a judge during last season, recently announced she would not be returning.
And that also goes for Epic Records music executive L.A. Reid, who is responsible for signing the likes of Justin Bieber, P!nk and Rihanna, who quit the show in December.
Songstress Demi Lovato will return as a judge for next season.
“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,” said an excited Simon Cowell, according to GossipCop.com
Lopez is elated to be returning to the show too.
“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.”
Replacements for Spears and Reid have not yet been confirmed.