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Ellen: I'm the New Judge on 'American Idol'

9/9/2009 9:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paula Abdul's vacant seat at the judges table on "American Idol" has officially been filled ... by Ellen DeGeneres.



Ellen announced the big news during a taping of her talk show today, saying "I have a big announcement to make. No one knows this ... I am going to be the new judge on 'American Idol.'"

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cel    

April fool's?

1872 days ago
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Michael    

I will ner watch that show again.

Ugh.

1872 days ago
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ANGELIQUE    

GO ELLEN THIS SHOULD BE FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!

1872 days ago
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ilovetheshowmadmen    

wt?????

1872 days ago
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Ben    

Better then Paula ...

1872 days ago
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tan    

I don't believe it

1872 days ago
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EVA    

WELL, IF IT'S TRUE..GOOD! MORE COMEDY AND LESS SPACE CADET!

1872 days ago
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,    

Ellen is awesome.

1872 days ago
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Lisa in Tennessee    

I cant believe this would be serious. I would think they would want someone who has been in the music industry at least. That would be like me being a judge..call me next simon.

1872 days ago
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Tink44    

What the hell does ellen know about judging singers?

1872 days ago
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kendall    

wow...

1872 days ago
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Cali MJ Fan    

YAY YAY YAY!

I'm torn in saying that because Paula really was ousted--rudely--when she was on the ground floor of creating the show.

But I'm also a HUGE Ellen fan! So YAY! Go Ellen Go Ellen!

1872 days ago
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Michelle    

OMG what the HELL.. she is a great person just not for this show why don't they just go back and get paula? Ellen has no real musical backround at all.. how is she poised to give any body info or teach about the music bizz? she's not.. but ummm ok what ever floats fox's boat..best part of the show is the auditions...

1872 days ago
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Ben    

What the hell does ellen know about judging singers?

... She has ear's does she not?

1872 days ago
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Raejean    

And she is qualified.....how?

1872 days ago
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