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Report: 'X Factor' Close to Signing Familiar TV Personality as New Host NY Post

The Fox talent competition show "The X Factor" has settled on its new host, according to a report in the New York Post, and is close to signing a deal giving the job to "Extra" host Mario Lopez.

Lopez, 38, would be paired with Khloe Kardashian, with the two emceeing together when the program starts live shows next month, the story notes. Lopez will retain his role on "Extra," which tapes close to where "The X Factor" is based in Los Angeles, the story says.

Lopez and Kardashian will be replacing Steve Jones, who was let go last winter when creator Simon Cowell shook things up on the program after a disappointing ratings performance.

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