Ellen DeGeneres Named Fourth Idol Judge; Replacing Paula Abdul

Sep. 10 2009, Published 11:30 a.m. ET

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As was the first to reveal, it's official, Ellen DeGeneres is joining American Idol!

The Emmy award winning talk show host is set to be the fourth judge and she's twittering about it for all to read.

"Guess what? Go ahead… nope… keep guessing… Okay, I’ll just tell you--I’m gonna be the new judge on American Idol!" Ellen twittered early Wednesday evening.

Click here to see Ellen's twitter page

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According to a source close to the situation there will be a conference call in a couple of days where all the details will be released. Ellen is "very excited" the source tells

Click here to watch a video of Ellen breaking the news

Ellen will be making an announcement on her show that airs Thursday.

Ryan Seacrests' tweets about Ellen joining Idol

“We’re all delighted to have Ellen join our ninth season of American Idol,” said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. “Beyond her incredible sense of humor and love of music, she brings with her an immense warmth and compassion that is almost palpable. She is one of America’s foremost entertainers, and we cannot wait to have her join our team.”



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