Ellen DeGeneres to Replace Paula Abdul on American Idol


Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will replace Paula Abdul as a judge on American Idol, beginning with the 2010 season.

“I’m thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol,” DeGeneres said Wednesday. “I’ve watched since the beginning, and I’ve always been a huge fan. So getting this job is a dream come true, and think of all the money I’ll save from not having to text in my vote.”

Why did Fox pick Ellen?

We feel that her vast entertainment experience, combined with her quick wit and passion for music, will add a fresh new energy to the show.”