Khloe Kardashian formally has been kut. Simon Cowell continues to cull “ The X Factor ” ruck in hopes of last — finally — finding that magic trick combination of hosts and judges that will help his singing competition achieve the audience of 20 million that he promised in the fall of ’ 11. Cowell announced Monday that Khloe ’ s co-host, Mario Lopez, would return in the descent — but this time flying solo. “ Hosting a alive picture and keeping the judges — particularly Demi — in tune is not an comfortable job… . Mario is a pro and we are glad he ’ second coming back, ” Cowell said, by way of praising Lopez while rather announcing the cut of Kardashian, who was not mentioned at all in the announcement.

Funny his mentioning Demi Lovato, who is the only other show regular to survive this latest talent purge. It besides claimed as victims the other two judge/mentors, Britney Spears and L.A. Reid, both of whom write out announcements that they had discovered, regretfully, their dancing cards were excessively full to come back for another season. In February, when reports got out that Khloe “ K2 ” Kardashian was kaput on the picture, she told the Huffington Post that when she debuted last season and “ lost my confidence, ” Cowell tried to buck her up by telling her : “ I hired you for you — I could have hired any train horde, so be yourself. ” Herself, it appears, did not cut it. For those of you who missed it, the second gear season of “ X ” actually debuted in September host-less. not long before the actual competition rounds began, Khloe took to her official Web web site and announced : “ Hi loves. I ’ megabyte certain you ’ ve been hearing the rumors and I ’ m therefore excited that I can last confirm the news — I am joining ‘ The X Factor ’ as co-host with Mario Lopez ! ! ! ! ” Kardashian and Lopez replaced the first-season ’ s Too Tall Steve Jones, who had been tossed out, along with judge/mentors Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. When the show fell far brusque of his pre-launch ratings prediction, Cowell replaced Abdul and Scherzinger with the much younger Spears and Lovato, for the irregular season — resulting in even less viewers. It was astir to Kardashian and Lopez to bring in extra viewers. That, sadly, did not happen. Kardashian was a newcomer to show-hosting, but Lopez came with have to spare, having hosted “ Pet Star ” and “ Randy Jackson Presents America ’ mho Best Dance Crew. ” He besides got rave reviews for his romance of professional dance collaborator Karina Smirnoff on “ Dancing With the Stars, ” has appeared on “ Hollywood Squares ” and worked the bolshevik carpet for “ Extra. ” The versatile Lopez is besides an achieve actor, specializing in playing doctors ( Mike Manoui on “ Nip/Tuck, ” Christian Ramirez on “ The Bold and the Beautiful ” ), cops ( Bobby Cruz on ” Pacific Blue ” ) and, of course, Bayside High School ’ s star quarterback ( A.C. Slater on “ Saved by the Bell ” ). That is not to say Kardashian had no television experience. She was a seasoned — it ’ sulfur just that she had focused entirely on the function of “ herself ” and let the writers, camera operators and editors do all the heavy lift on “ Keeping Up With the Kardashians, ” “ Khloe & Lamar, ” “ Kourtney & Kim Take New York, ” “ Kourtney & Kim Take Miami ” — although she did actually compete in one temper of “ The Apprentice. ”

Kardashian and Lopez worked together earlier debuting as a team on “ X, ” when Lopez appeared in an infomercial for Khloe, Kim and Kourtney ’ s “ Perfect Skin ” skin-care system. Jones was known for being very grandiloquent, looking fantastic in a suit and offering his clear-eyed observations. Khloe broke newfangled prime as a competition show host, with her DMV Eye Exam style of reading from the TelePrompTer and her perfection of the question “ How does it feel ? ” through ceaseless repetition to the exclusion of all other questions. In interviews long earlier Monday ’ s non-shocking news program, Kardashian said the producers told her not to take any lessons before debuting on ‘ X ” — no doubt thinking that a hosting-virgin fly “ X ” would make for good television receiver and great ratings. Reese cancels appearances Reese Witherspoon has canceled this workweek ’ second scheduled appearances on Jimmy Fallon ’ s late-night show and on “ Good Morning America, ” after throwing around her weight at a hook in Atlanta. The Actress once Known as America ’ s Perky Sweetheart got a quick image renovation on Friday when her husband got pulled over on misgiving of DUI, and she got busted for playing the “ Do you KNOW who I am ? ” card with a hook, and disagreeing with him as to his stage steering — he wanted to the picture to play out with her in the car and she felt powerfully differently. “ Do you know my name ? ” she reportedly asked the hook, when her conserve was pulled over and given a graveness examination. When the bull told her he did not, she told him, “ You ’ re about to find out who I am ! ” and she forecast that he was about to become a national floor. She was right. Except that the collar was cast as the hero, and she ’ second been cast as the bibulous beget of three who should have hired a driver in the first place, and then lipped off at a police officeholder trying to make sure her conserve didn ’ triiodothyronine hurt anyone allegedly driving while not in his most unplayful state. Witherspoon, meanwhile, wound up being arrested for disorderly behavior. “ I intelligibly had one drink besides many and I am profoundly embarrassed about the things I said, ” Reese has since said in a statement, explaining that she was “ frightened for my husband ” at the meter he was pulled over. “ I was disrespectful to the military officer who was merely doing his caper. I have nothing but deference for the patrol and I ’ meter very deplorable for my demeanor. ”

She will not be repeating that opinion on either Fallon ’ s NBC late-night appearance, where she was scheduled to plug her new flick, “ Mud, ” on Tuesday, or on ABC ’ s morning documentary show “ Good Morning America, ” for which she had been scheduled to tape a section Monday that would have aired on Wednesday ’ s show. That ’ mho according to white house at both networks who have cognition of the situation ; they asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak on the commemorate. To read former columns by Lisa de Moraes, go to washingtonpost.com/ tvblog.

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