American Idol Snags DeGeneres as 4th Judge

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 9, 2009 8:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres will be the fourth judge on the next season of American Idol, the Wrap reports. The deal, announced by Fox tonight, fills the star spot vacated by Paula Abdul, who quit the show this summer in a salary dispute.

Ellen DeGeneres, right, and wife Portia de Rossi.
Ellen DeGeneres, right, and wife Portia de Rossi.   (AP Photo)
Ellen DeGeneres.
Ellen DeGeneres.   (AP Photo)
Ellen DeGeneres.
Ellen DeGeneres.   (AP Photo)
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