FOX announced yesterday that comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi as the new permanent fourth judge of "American Idol". She will replace Paula Abdul, who announced last month that she was quitting the show following a contract dispute. FOX’s Mike Darnell said in a press release that Ellen "is truly one of America’s funniest people and a fantastic performer who understands what it’s like to stand up in front of audiences and entertain them every day. 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." Also in the press release Ellen said, "I’m thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol. I’ve watched since the beginning, and I’ve always been a huge fan. So getting this job is a dream come true." Ellen will join the show after the audition rounds, where various celebrities will fill the fourth seat.
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