A list of X Factor’s former cast members: now including fired host Khloe Kardashian

After just one disastrous season hosting, Khloe Kardashian was fired from The X Factor, leaving Mario Lopez to host alone. She joins a surprisingly large list of people who’ve been fired, quit, or left a show that has been on just two seasons:

So, here’s the tally of people who were fired, quit, or left the show:

  • Steve Jones, host, season one
  • Paula Abdul, judge, season one
  • Cheryl Cole, judge for two auditions, not even on season one
  • Nicole Scherzinger, judge, season one
  • Britney Spears, judge, season two
  • L.A. Reid, judge, seasons one and two
  • Khloe Kardashian, co-host, season two

Demi Lovato will return for season three along with Simon Cowell, meaning Simon is the only person to survive both seasons. It’s his show, of course.

That the show has even been renewed for a third season is baffling to me, despite the logical reasons: it generates headlines, social media conversation, sponsorshops, and high enough ratings to justify its existence. Still, to be so creatively bankrupt yet continue to survive is absolutely incredible–or, perhaps, just impressive.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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