Ellen DeGeneres will be the permanent replacement for Paula Abdul on "American Idol" when Season Nine begins in January.
"I'm thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol," the Daytime Emmy-winning talk show host said in a statement.
"I've watched since the beginning, and I've always been a huge fan. So getting this job is a dream come true, and think of all the money I'll save from not having to text in my vote."
She will continue her daytime talk show.
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"I'm not leaving here, don't worry about that," the 51-year-old chatterbox reassured her audience when she made the announcement during a taping of "Ellen." "I'm gonna have a day job and a night job. The times we're living in, we're all doing that."