Khloe Kardashian has followed in the footsteps of Steve Jones, and been relieved of her hosting duties on The X Factor USA. In fairness, the girl did reach Konnie Huq levels of awkwardness during her brief stint at the helm of the reality series, which has been in deep water since it launched across the Atlantic. You know things are bad when A.C Slater can't save the day...

Big boss Simon wasn't forthcoming with the sympathy for his former hostess, releasing a statement praising Mario Lopez's efforts, and saying nada about Miss Kardashian's exit. "Hosting a live show and keeping the judges - especially Demi - in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he's coming back" the mogul said. No points for effort for Khloe then eh? It's all a bit Kate Thornton circa 2007, isn't it?

We're not going to sit here and say the network wasn't justified in giving poor Khloe the boot. She just wasn't cutting it, and the far more experienced Mario was carrying every live show on his own: Let's just say he was the Anne Hathaway to Khloe's James Franco. That just about sums it up. So maybe that's why he didn't seem too upset to hear Khloe wouldn't be back either. "I'm excited to officially announce I'm returning to the @TheXFactorUSA team!", he tweeted, "We're coming back stronger & better than ever... Can't wait."

So now all Simon has to do is convince two people to join the judging panel and keep a hold of his host, and they'll be good to go again. Sure if all else fails, he could always call in Ireland's former answer to Ant and Dec, Brian Ormond and Keith Duffy.  Or get Brendan O'Connor to take up residence behind the desk. Sure weren't they all good enough for You're A Star back in the day?