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Ellen DeGeneres will join "American Idol" this season as the fourth judge. Associated Press

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to replace Paula Abdul on 'American Idol'

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Ellen DeGeneres has been named the fourth judge on "American Idol," definitively closing the door on talk that Paula Abdul, who left the show two months ago, will be back.

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Fox announced the news Wednesday night but only after DeGeneres used her talk show to break the news. A longtime fan of the singing competition, DeGeneres spoke to her live audience as opposed to tweeting about the gig a la Abdul.

The episode airs today.

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