This morning, FOX made the official announcement that Mario Lopez — and only Mario Lopez — would be returning to host The X Factor for 2013. Translation: His co-host Khloe Kardashian is out.

This news does not come as a complete shock. Back in February, the New York Post quoted an unnamed insider as saying that the show had already decided not to ask Khloe back. Her older sister Kim fought back against the reports at the time, but now that a few months have passed, it appears that the show chose to let Khloe go anyway.

Or did they? E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos spoke with Kris Jenner at the E! Upfronts, and the Kardashian mama was singing quite a different tune. To hear Kris tell it, Khloe was actually the one who decided to ditch The X Factor, not vice versa!

“Kris Jenner told me Khloe couldn't work it out with her schedule to do X Factor but it's still a great show + "I'll be watching." #eupfront” Kristen tweeted on April 22.

Though this is entirely possible, it’s still contrary to most of the talk that’s been circulating. Heat Magazine recently wrote that Khloe was taking big measures to try and convince the show to keep her on — including losing almost 10 pounds, hiring a stylist, and using everything from facial treatments and eyelash extensions to try and “transform her whole image.” 

Whether or not that actually was the case, Khloe still won’t be returning to The X Factor. So what do you think: Is Kris being completely honest about Khloe’s reason for leaving... or did Khloe’s often-criticized hosting abilities cause Fox to give her the boot?

Source: E!’s Kristin Dos Santos on Twitter