Ellen DeGeneres has signed on to replace Paula Abdul on American Idol, according to People:
“DeGeneres will sit alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi and offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition,” Fox television says in a statement.
DeGeneres, 51, begins her stint after the audition rounds, which have featured a rotating group of celebrity guest judges including Shania Twain, Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Joe Jonas and Kristin Chenoweth.
“I’m going to have a day job and a night job,” DeGeneres said at her talk show taping Wedneday, assuring her audience that The Ellen DeGeneres Show will continue. “This is so exciting for me.”
Of course, this casting is perfect because if there’s one demographic American Idol was missing, it’s the key middle-aged lesbians who look like Owen Wilson audience. Now FOX can bring in those huge ad bucks from golf club manufacturers and turkey baster conglomerates. Well played.