Mario Lopez Books Return to The X Factor

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Khloe Kardashian is officially out.

Mario Lopez is officially still in.

Fox sent out a press release this morning that confirmed the departure of Kardashian as X Factor host, while welcoming the former Saved by the Bell star back for his second stint at the helm of this struggling singing competition.

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“I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of The X Factor,” said producer Simon Cowell. “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.”

Cowell, of course, will remain a Season 3 judge, while Demi Lovato will also return this fall. The series will soon announce replacements for panelists Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.

Are you glad Lopez is coming back as host?

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