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American Idol names Paula Abdul's replacement: It's Ellen Degeneres

Well, anyone hoping for a Paula Abdul/American Idol rapprochement can give up. Abdul's not coming back and Ellen Degeneres will be taking her place. Alan Sepinwall has the details over at the New Jersey Star-Ledger. One quick thought: Is this TV's most notable instance of trading up since Conan O'Brien took over for Jay Leno? Out with the crazy, in with warmth and easy wit. 

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