Ellen replaces Paula Abdul on American Idol

ellen_degeneresIt’s official. Ellen DeGeneres is the permanent fourth judge on American Idol.

In the taping for Thursday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres said the deal had been in the works for the last couple of weeks.

Set to have both “a day and night job,” Ellen is a big pop culture fan.

“I have not missed one episode of that show. I’ve watched every single thing and I love everything about it,” she said.

“Hopefully I’m the people’s point of view. Like you I sit at home and I watch it. I’m not looking at it in a critical kind of way, from the producer’s mind. I’m looking it as a person who’s going to buy the music.”

In a statement, executive producer Simon Fuller says, “Ellen has been a fan of the show for many years, and her love of music and understanding of the American public will bring a unique human touch to our judging panel.”

Paula Abdul was not renewed for the show following a breakdown in contract negotiations.

The show airs in Australia on FOX8.


  1. Wow, was so suprised. Am an Ellen devotee, yet thought was odd addition. But Paula was a mumbling nothing we laughed at, now we can laugh without feeling guilty! Love Ellen and US Idol! Maybe an Adam Lambert can win now.

  2. I guess Ellen is someone you either love or hate and right now more people love her, she’s just started her 7th season and now this, what next Finding Nemo 2 will finally be made 🙂

  3. How good is this news?! Ellen is hilarious, likeable, world-famous and most importantly a real person, not a caricature, which makes her very different and way better than Randy, Simon, or Paula have ever been. And here we are stuck with the wallpaper-boring Jay Dee.

  4. @ sliced and diced..she knows as much about music as Kyle Sandilands when he was on Aust Idol…bit of an odd choice though, i cant imagine her and Simon Cowell on the same judging panel…i dont get the point of 4 judges in these formats anyway, they would have been better sticking with Randy, Simon and Kara.

  5. I don’t think this will work in the long term, as Ellen isn’t funny. If the US ratings decline, I expect Paula will be asked back, but it’ll cost the producers dearly and rightly so.

  6. Idol will be on against Portia in Better Off Ted. Poor Portia. Maybe they can have a holiday here and give Ellen some more practice guest judging Australian Idol.

  7. Sliced and diced


    What exactly does she know about music? Crtiticise the show if you must (I agree it’s rot) but paula knew her music and paid her industry dues (and so have the other two in their own way). What has Ellen done for the music industry…….?

  8. I’m so happy for her. I know how much she loves the show and i can say that she definitelly deserves it. She always puts a smile on my face. We <3 Ellen.

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