Yup! The 4th seat on American Idol has been filled.
After a month, Paula Abdul tendered her much talked about Twitter resignation as a judge on "American Idol," Fox announced last Wednesday that she was being replaced by one of the show's biggest fans, comedian & talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.
Fox's 5-year deal with Ellen DeGeneres puts to rest a major challenge facing Fox as the aging singing competition enters its 9th season in January 2010, filling the shoes of the judge considered by many to be the heart of the show: Paula Abdul.
"I don't know how it happened myself, but I have not missed one episode of that show," Ellen said in the episode of the talk show that airs today. "I love everything about it and I love music, as you know. Hopefully I'm the people's point of view because I'm just like you. I sit at home and I watch it and I don't have that technical . . . I'm not looking at it in a critical way from the producer's mind. I'm looking at it as a person who is going to buy the music and is going to relate to that person."