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VIDEO: Randy Jackson On Idol’s New Judge – “Dude, I Love Ellen”

Sep. 10 2009, Published 3:31 p.m. ET

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RadarOnline.com was first to reveal that Ellen DeGeneres was joining American Idol as the fourth judge, replacing Paula Abdul, now Randy Jackson is telling Fox News he's pleased his longtime friend would be joining him, Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi on the top-rated show’s judge panel.

"Dude, I love Ellen, I've known her a long time," Jackson said of his show biz colleague.

Jackson said the comedian-turned-talk show host's lack of a musical background would not matter much.

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"Between me, Simon and Kara, there's enough musical experts" on the judging panel, Jackson said.

American Idol returns to Fox in January for its ninth season.

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