Khloé Kardashian, by far the least annoying cast member of the Seacrest-produced Keeping Up With the Kardashians (and its myriad spinoffs), has scored a plum hosting gig on The X Factor alongside Extra‘s Mario Lopez.
Rumors of a Kardashian-Lopez hosting deal have been percolating for weeks, and intensifying in the last 24 hours, but Kardashian herself made the official announcement today in a blog post.
“Hi loves. I’m sure you’ve been hearing the rumors and I’m SO excited that I can finally confirm the news — I am joining The X Factor as co-host with Mario Lopez,” the reality star wrote. “I’m a huge fan of the show so I literally fell over in my chair when I heard that I was being considered for the role. The show already has such an incredible panel of judges and it is truly an honor to have been given this opportunity to work with them.”
“The worst kept secret in Hollywood is out,” X Factor executive producer and judge Simon Cowell added in a release. “Mario and Khloé are our hosts. They will debut on our first live show in November and I couldn’t be happier.”
Square-jawed British import Steve Jones hosted The X Factor‘s first season, but was dropped (along with judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Shinyobjects) when executive producer and judge Simon Cowell sought to reboot the show for Season 2 and improve upon decent but not spectacular intial ratings.
In Season 2, The X Factor has made do without a host during its audition and Boot Camp rounds.
Barring any catastrophic developments, Kardashian’s new job should last longer than sister Kim’s 72-day nuptials to that Kris Humphries dude.
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