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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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76.

Biff    

That Stupid Idol Show is a Fraud, created by Greedy Corporate officials to suck money out of the American people. AI has literally destoyed the music buisness of today...That crappy show should have ended years ago, but Simon & Co. are to GREEDY to let it go..And now Ellen, whats She know about music..NOTHING..What a GREEDY LESBO....

1785 days ago
77.

Oscar    

This is definitely great. I'll miss Paula of course but it's great to have a regular non-talented judge on the show. It's like having a regular person give their opinion. After all, regular non talented people are the ones who buy the albums.

1785 days ago
78.

Annonymous    

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! SHE NOT EVEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY (HER GOOFY DANCING ON HER SHOW DOESN'T QUALIFY HER TO BE A JUDGE ON AI!). PROOF, ONCE AGAIN, THAT EVERYTHING ABOUT AI IS ALL ABOUT POPULARITY AND NOTHING, WHATSOEVER, TO DO WITH REAL MUSICAL TALENT!

1785 days ago
79.

OG    

AI is becoming a show for GAYS....shame, shame. Will not watchg again!! SHe's annoying, too!

1785 days ago
80.

Criptking    

This is just sad, why didnt they just get Lady Gaga to be the 4th judge, get her to stop making albums and help get others to be 1(album) hit wonders like her. Ellen has no exerptise on this. All they had to do do was get Joe Jackson LOL, either way the show is going under. The trio has been broken and so goes the show, had a nice run Thanks AI for the memories.

1785 days ago
81.

fred c    

that show could not get any worse. who cares who fills the seat

1785 days ago
82.

Stephanie    

She is so freakin' obnoxious!

1785 days ago
83.

WENDELL    

I would never, ever watch AI again if this new id true. Her regular show is garbage!

1785 days ago
84.

Jodo    

Ellen is great! Good move for AI!!! Tired of airhead, looking forward to humor. It'll actually be nice to have someone on there that has the point of view of the rest of us. We don't always care about "pitchy".

1785 days ago
85.

Mary    

So now the judges will be three men and one woman.

1785 days ago
86.

Saz    

I thought TMZ was sure Paula would be back? Paula must be regretting this... what income other than American Idol did she have?

Elle will be great, she's always funny. But she has no musical experience to be a judge. But then again, I don't recall Paula giving too much musical advice, either.

1785 days ago
87.

Michelle    

I'm sorry but isn't A.I a sinnging competition? Since when does Ellen have any musical talent whatsoever? Funny she is, a singer she is not.

1785 days ago
88.

ly9512    

WHY Ellen? She has no experience with music!

I love her and everything, but seriously American Idol.

1785 days ago
89.

littldough    

Makes sense, the show is gay anyway.

1785 days ago
90.

Barbara Lesser    

Paula was the best....Won't be the same without Paula....Ellen does not fit the bill... She is not right for the part...Paula made it fun and had a great heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bar

1785 days ago
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