Those of you holding out for Paula Abdul to return to American Idol this season can stop holding your breath: Ellen DeGeneres is taking Paula's spot as the fourth judge!
Fox confirmed the news this afternoon in a press release, with Ellen saying:
I’m thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol. 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.