Khloe Kardashian reportedly being fired as co-host of ‘The X-Factor’: sad or meh?

Does anyone else think that Simon Cowell might need to let The X-Factor die? Just in America, mind you – the original UK version is a still a huge hit. But from what I’ve seen, the response to the American X-Factor was an overwhelming “meh”. Britney Spears got the show some buzz, but that died down quickly, and even stunt-casting LeAnn Rimes one week didn’t really help matters. Now Simon (who executive produces the show, it’s his baby) is looking to hire so many new people for the next season –Britney, LA Reid and Demi Lovato are going, so he needs three more “big names” for the judges/mentors. And now the NY Post claims that Khloe Kardashian is out as co-host. OUCH.

‘The X Factor” won’t be keeping up with Khloe Kardashian anymore. The towering reality star has not been asked to return as co-host of the high-profile Fox singing competition, sources tell The Post.

“They are asking Mario [Lopez] to come back, but not Khloe,” an insider confirms.

Kardashian, 28, came to the show with no television hosting experience and often appeared nervous and unprepared on camera. The Huffington Post went so far as to suggest that the “awkward” pair were secretly being paid off by rival singing show “The Voice.”

“I am sure there was a big percentage of Khloe’s fans who followed her to ‘X Factor.’” said LA hosting expert Marki Costello, who has provided on-camera coaching for “Voice” judge Cee Lo Green among others.

“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 said. “It made me, as a viewer, almost uncomfortable.”

Kardashian’s exit follows the departure last month of judge Britney Spears — who received lukewarm reviews at best during her debut last season. Judge L.A. Reid also bailed in December, saying he needed to focus more on his day job as head of Epic Records.

Now Fox and the show’s creator, Simon Cowell, are scrambling to rebuild the wildly hyped series which a News Corp. executive called “a disappointment” during a conference call with investors this month. (News Corp. owns Fox, as well as The Post.)

Meanwhile, Brit singer Cheryl Cole, who was unceremoniously dumped as a judge last year, is in talks to return to the show — possibly as part of a judging panel that would be comprised of Cowell and three younger women. Cole — who was a judge on the U.K. version of “X Factor” — filed a $2.3 million lawsuit against the show last December, claiming the show still owed her money after replacing her just a few weeks into the first season. Her return could be part of a settlement. Cowell says he regretted letting Cole go last year.

“I had to apologize for the way it was handled,” he told reporters later.

It may also signal that the show — which invested $15 million in Spears last season only to see ratings plunge by 20 percent during the season — is trimming its talent budget. An X Factor spokesperson said “The producers have not yet made the talent decisions for this year.”

[From the NY Post]

Considering the source is a Murdoch-owned press machine and The X-Factor airs on Fox, I’m saying that this is probably right-on. Khloe is getting the boot, which is to say… her contract is not being re-negotiated, so it’s not so much that she’s being “fired,” it’s that she’s not being asked back. Which is honestly fine with me. I liked that Khloe had a “real job” but if she wasn’t very good at it, so be it. Let her go. Hire a professional instead of a personality, then turn the professional into a personality. Fire Mario Lopez too and make The X-Factor a complete clean slate. We must burn it to the ground to save it!!!!

So, if Simon does end up rejecting my advice (he never takes my advice!) and he makes another season of The X-Factor, who is he going to hire to fill all of these positions? I keep hearing that Shania Twain is on the short list. I’m going to go out on a limb and say LeAnn Rimes should be considered too. Just think about the miles of free (bad) publicity LeAnn will give the show! She should make the short list too. And how about Janet Jackson? Tony Bennett? Somebody, please?

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  1. Liz says:

    Could this be the beginning of the end of the Kardashian train wreck? I certainly hope so.

  2. Dawn says:

    Neither sad nor meh…it was expected because the girl has no talent other than saying what she says on their dumb ass scripted television show. Who cares anyway we all know that the Kraptrashians have no talent IF sex is NOT involved.

    • Me Three says:

      My question is why do we need American Idol, The Voice and The X Factor? God, one of those shows is plenty in my book! And, the one time I tuned in to watch just to see Brit Brit on her first day, it took all my strength to make it through a whole hour.

  3. neelyo says:

    Considering she has limited on-camera experience outside of being a reality TV participant I imagine that she just couldn’t hack it. I can’t stand Mario Lopez, but he’s been reading cue cards and faking enthusiasm since he was a kid so that stuff comes naturally to him. Take the Kardashians out of their natural habitat and they can’t survive.

  4. brin says:

    Please let this be the end of Pimp mama and her posse.

  5. tia says:

    She is sooooooooooooo not attractive.. so sorry but she really has such an unfortunate shape. Yikes.

  6. Suzanne says:

    She just stood there like a big lump. Glad she’s going! Who’s next..Sara Palin…she’s outta work now too!

  7. janie says:

    I agree.. Hopefully this skanky bunch will fall off the face of the earth!! We can all dream, right?

  8. Lisa says:

    This what happens when you hire someone who has no qualifications to do the job. There are so many people who actually have put in the time in local hosting gigs only to be passed over for someone with zero talent.

  9. jwoolman says:

    I don’t know why she even tried it without at least first working with a serious voice and acting coach and taking some relevant classes or lessons. The K girls can’t even convincingly portray themselves on their silly pseudoreality shows… Khloe seems to have a brain but she doesn’t bother using it much. She needs to get away from Mama Ten Percent for starters. And prepare to do some real work rather than rich girl play working. It’s never too late to take some college courses, Khloe – just leave the cameras out of it. And try stuff that has nothing to do with modeling or show biz. They all seem so poorly educated, they haven’t a clue about all the interesting things beyond their mirrors.

    • Hakura says:

      @Jwoolman – I agree entirely. & though I’d never thought about it, they really can’t even play themselves, I didn’t realize that was even possible. That’s pretty bad.

      It seems that she (& the others) are incredibly insecure about life ‘outside showbiz’. They try to convince themselves that there *is no* world beyond the old Hollywood sign.

  10. Murphy says:

    I feel bad that Khloe lost this.

    I have a feeling she’ll spin this into “making [her] marriage a priority” though

  11. Dhavynia says:

    Mario Lopez is a talentless douche robot. I couldn’t believe my ears when they made him host of Extra after Mark McGrath

  12. Hakura says:

    Eh. The show is circling the drain on it’s own (regardless of Khloe’s presence). That considered, getting away from the show is probably a good thing for her in the long-run.

    It’s just one of those things. If you got it, you got it, if you don’t…you’re a Kardashian.

  13. Dani says:

    Why does every writer (not Celebitchy) refer to her as big, towering, bulky etc? Poor girl seriously cannot catch a break and she’s the only half decent one out of all of them. I wasn’t aware that the shape you are determines who you are.

    • jwoolman says:

      She just looks big compared to her sisters. She’s really a very normal size. I don’t get the tall jokes, but I don’t get the short jokes either.

      But that first photo looks so odd, I thought it was deliberately distorted. Has she been letting a plastic surgeon mess with her face? Or is it just different makeup? I always thought she looked the most normal of the three K girls and assumed it was because she hadn’t gone the the plastic route. I don’t understand The magic of makeup because I’ve never worn any, but from with/without pictures I’ve seen on the net I realize it makes people look entirely different. But this is the most different I’ve ever seen for Khloe.

  14. truthful says:

    THANK GOD!!!!

    she made ME feel uncomfortable, fumbling and stumbling around.

    too awkward, out of a HUGE family of vapids, NO one can do a damn thing.

    no talent and dumb as hell, ALL of them.

    She never deserved to even audition, no matter how much she claims to be comfortable “within herself”

    SHE is not and it shows.

    spawns of a talentless “old cleat chaser” attention whore.

  15. Mar says:

    I find think Khloe was that bad- but Britney was just awful. She only said ” amazing ” 100x during the show.

  16. sunnyinseattle says:

    I don’t watch their show and never watched X Factor, I get all ny gossip about them from here. Haha. That being said, everyone keeps talking about how she is the most ‘normal and likable’ one. Maybe that was true in the past, and slightly now, but she will change and be just as annoying. The overexposure of one person gets them every time. Sure I’m the only one, but I can see her as just as annoying, if not more, as the rest. :-( UGH

  17. The Original Mia says:

    Don’t see a downside for Khloe. X Factor sucks. It’s never going to catch on here like the Voice & American Idol. Let it go, Simon. Let it go.

  18. Grant says:

    I’m just excited that Cheryl Cole might be returning. Love her!

  19. blonde on the dock says:

    Good! She sucked… did the rest of the show. It was sooooo tacky.

  20. bar world land says:

    A Kartrashian losing her job will never be sad.

    Khloe is the most tolerable of them all, and I still wouldn’t pee on her if she was on fire.

  21. Maritza says:

    Mario Lopez is great as the host but Khloe lacked enthusiasm, I’m glad she’ll be gone. Simon should hire Lindsay Lohan, I’m sure ratings would really go up just to see her.

  22. Chrissy says:

    No Leann Rimes. She could never mentor anyone – her people wouldn’t stand a chance because she would be so jealous of them. I like the idea of Janet Jackson. And Tony Bennett, although he might be too old. How about Dolly Parton? She has mentored people in real life and has a nice personality.

  23. Dana says:

    This only proves what an entitled POS Khloe is. She should have prepared night and day. Practice reading a teleprompter. Take motivational spaking classes. I’m surprised Pimp Mama let her f*ck up a Murdoch gig.

  24. carriemathison503 says:

    Omg gtfo- her lips r scary so tired of this family. All of them.

  25. Carolyn says:

    A Kartashian being fired from something = happy day.

  26. Shelly says:

    Khloe wasn’t that great on the X Factor. She did improve as the season progressed, but she still seemed awkward.

  27. lisa says:

    it’s their fault for hiring someone who has never really worked in this or really any field. she yelled into the mic and had the biggest anti chemistry with mario. i blame simon. there was nothing indicating she wouldnt suck at this.