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BREAKING: Ellen DeGeneres Will Take Over Paula Abdul’s Idol Chair

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Well even we didn’t see this coming! With Paula Abdul failing to take a lesser offer, American Idol‘s producers 19 Entertainment just signed the one and only Ellen DeGeneres to take over the star’s judging chair. (And yes, that does mean Victoria Beckham won’t be permanent.)

Don’t worry, Ellen is keeping the daytime talk show, which also films in Los Angeles.

Like Abdul, we imagine DeGeneres will prefer to lift contestants up with platitudes than shoot them down with criticism. She’ll just be wearing pants (or jeans!) instead of a sparkly number a la Abdul. Also, inside sources tell Queerty Ellen plans to keep her head up without the use of her arms or Simon Cowell..

First Ryan Seacrest. Then Adam Lambert. Now Ellen. American Idol is getting gayer than, well, So You Think You Can Dance.