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The X Factor Season 3 Shakeup: Khloé Kardashian Odom Exits, Mario Lopez to Return

Khloe Kardashian Odom, Mario Lopez Courtesy Denise Truscello

The X Factor is going solo.

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." Another source adds, "Her schedule just couldn't be worked out."

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"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." 

As for the search for a new cohost, a network source tells us, "We are still deciding if there will be one or two hosts and it also depends on how the judges' panel ends up. But right now it is looking like Mario solo."

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While Demi Lovato is set to return to the judges' table, the singing competition series still needs to replace Britney Spears and L.A. Reid, who both exited the show last season.

"No decisions have been made about replacements yet," our source says of the judging panel.

The X Factor returns for its third season this fall on Fox.

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