With the news that Extra’s Mario Lopez will be returning as the solo host for FOX’s The X Factor and his co-host Khloe Kardashian was not asked back it was widely reported that the two presenters never got along. But Mario and Khloe got along just fine — but it was pushy “momager” Kris Jenner that rubbed the former Saved by the Bell star the wrong way, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
In fact, Kris even suggested dumping Mario for one of her other daughters!
“Everyone thinks that Mario hated working with Khloe,” a source close to the situation told Radar, acknowledging there were time he grew frustrated. “But he was nothing but encouraging and supportive (to Khloe),” the source added. “It was her mother Kris who was the problem.”
“Kris would go to the producers and say Mario was being pushy and insensitive and she’d often confront Mario directly. There was even a very absurd incident when Kris suggested to the producers that they should dump Mario and replace him with one of her other daughters. Kris claimed that the chemistry between Mario and Khloe just didn’t work and that Kim or Kourtney would be a better fit.
“Well, the producers agreed with the no chemistry argument, but also that Khloe was in over her head – and that’s why she’s gone.”
Mario, 39, and Khloe, 28, joined The X Factor family for season 2, replacing original host Steve Jones.
Mario, who attended Kim Karadashian’s wedding to Kris Humphries and has been friendly with the reality show family, would never publicly say anything negative about The Keeping Up with the Kardashians clan.
“Mario really was trying to help Khloe become a better host,” adds the insider. “Kris has a problem butting out of her kid’s professional lives. Mario would never tell her Kris, but Khloe should have taken his advice, not her mother’s – look where that got her.”