• Ellen DeGeneres named new American Idol judge

    Is one of America’s sweethearts ready to go tit-for-tat with one of Amerellen-degeneres-33rd-annual-daytime-emmy-awards-arrivals-knfxloica’s smartest asses? (Ok, so Simon Cowell is British).

    Fans of veteran stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres will find out this season, when the comedian will join American Idol as the  fourth judge. DeGeneres will be replacing Paula Abdul, who left the show last month after seven seasons.

    “As the new judge, Ellen will offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition,” Fox said in a statement.

    And Ellen, a longtime fan of the show is obviously ecstatic. “Getting this job is a dream come true, and think of all the money I’ll save from not having to text my vote,” she said.

    With an average of 26.3 million viewers per episode, American Idol is the most watched television show in the country. DeGeneres will join the show for its ninth season when it premiers in January.

    Emma Kat Richardson

    Emma Kat Richardson is a Detroit native and freelance writer living in Austin, Texas. Her work has appeared in xoJane.com, Bitch, Alternative Press, Real Detroit Weekly, 944, and Bust.com. She’s enough of a comedy nerd and cat lady to have named her Maine Coon Michael Ian Cat. Follow her on twitter: @emmakat.

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