Exclusive! Mario Lopez Talks 'X Factor' Hosting Rumors

He can't officially comment on whether he's joining the show -- but he does say he "would love to work with Khloe"

 

At this point, we've heard several reports that Mario Lopez is maybe-almost-officially confirmed to be the new host of The X Factor. But even though we suspect that an official official announcement will be made any minute now, the former Saved by the Bell star can't start dishing about the show until Fox does.

But that wasn't going to stop us from asking! iVillage caught up with the handsome Extra host today in N.Y.C. and posed the question that everyone's buzzing about.

"We're big fans of the show," he told iVillage. "We watch it every week. I think they did some great changes this year -- I like the documentary style at the beginning. It's appointment viewing in the Lopez house...We'll wait and see."

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Khloe Kardashian has signed on to cohost the show. So is the outspoken reality star someone Lopez would like to work with? (Hypothetically, of course!)

"Well, I know Khloe -- and her whole family, for that matter -- and she's a sweetheart and is super cool," he says. "We get along great, so I'd love to work with Khloe."

The pre-recorded auditions at the judges' homes will end on Oct. 17, and then the show will take some time off for the World Series. It will return with the first live show on Nov. 1 -- and then we'll finally find out for sure who the new hosts are!

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