10/16/2012 07:21 pm ET

Fox Names Khloe Kardashian Odom And Mario Lopez Hosts Of 'The X Factor' Season 2

After months of speculation, Fox has chosen Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez as hosts of "The X Factor" Season 2, the network announced Tuesday.

The pair will make their first appearance when the reality competition's live rounds kick off in November. “The worst kept secret in Hollywood is out,” said producer/judge Simon Cowell in a statement. “Mario and Khloé are our hosts. They will debut on our first live show in November and I couldn’t be happier.”

“I’m so thrilled to become a part of 'The X Factor' family,” said Odom. “I’ve been a big fan of the show and look forward to working with Simon and all of the judges. It’s going to be so much fun!”

“I’m very excited to be joining 'The X Factor' team,” said Lopez. “I love the show, and I’ve been a big fan of Simon Cowell and the judges for a long time. Khloé and I have been friends for years and I know we’ll be a great team and have a blast.”

The pair are replacing Welsh presenter Steve Jones, who exited the show after the first season, along with judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. The coaches were replaced by Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, but the show wasn't so quick to name a successor for Jones. Others reported to be in the running were Stacy Keibler and Darren Criss.

"The X Factor" live shows begin Thursday Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. ET, continuing on a special night, Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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