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.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.