By Wendy Mitchell
Updated September 10, 2009 at 11:04 PM EDT

Paula Abdul has chimed in about the news that Ellen DeGeneres is joining American Idol as the fourth judge, effectively taking the chair Abdul vacated in early August. “American Idol is a fantastic show that offers an invaluable platform to young talent. Ellen DeGeneres is wildly funny and talented in her own right,” Abdul said in a statement. “I wish her and the show only the best of luck.”

On her Twitter account, Abdul added: “I think Ellen will b a gr8 judge on Idol.”