Khloe Kardashian 86'd from 'X Factor'

4/22/2013 10:23 AM PDT

Khloe Kardashian -- 86'd from 'X Factor'

Breaking News

Khloe Kardashian
has been eliminated from "X Factor."

Fox released a statement moments ago, claiming Khloe will NOT be returning as a host for Season 3 ... but Mario Lopez will.

The network didn't give a reason for chopping Khloe, but said, "We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors."  Translation:  Sayonara sucker!

We think they screwed up by making her read a teleprompter -- it was a total "deer-in-the-headlights" experience watching her struggle through the shows.