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  1. Lucky 13

    TV personality Ellen DeGeneres poses with her 13th award for favorite daytime TV host for during the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2013. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Look who's 'Friends'!

    DeGeneres, right, poses with her wife Portia DeGeneres, left, and actress Jennifer Aniston backstage at the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards on Jan. 9, 2013. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Curves ahead

    DeGeneres, left, reveals her Halloween costume in the likeness of actress Sofia Vergara during the taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Burbank, Calif., on Oct. 30, 2012. (Michael Rozman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Queen of comedy

    DeGeneres smiles as her family and friends, including wife Portia DeGeneres, left), applaud her entrance at the Mark Twain Prize ceremony in Washington, DC, on Oct. 22, 2012. DeGeneres is the 15th recipient of the prize for humor, joining recent past honorees Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Steve Martin and George Carlin. (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Her place in Hollywood

    DeGeneres gives a thumbs up as she is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 4, 2012. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. GLAAD to have her

    DeGeneres speaks onstage at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards presented by Ketel One and Wells Fargo at Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on April 21, 2012. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. 98 ... 99 ...

    DeGeneres, left, challenges first lady Michelle Obama to a push up contest during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Burbank, Calif., on Feb. 1, 2012. (Michael Rozman / Warner Bros. via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Cowabunga, Ellen!

    DeGeneres accepts the Choice Comedian award onstage during the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., on Aug. 7, 2011. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. The people have spoken

    DeGeneres, winner of Favorite Daytime TV Host, speaks onstage at the 2012 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2012. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Top model?

    Degeneres walks the runway at the Richie Rich Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center in New York on Sept. 9, 2010. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Tongues are wagging

    DeGeneres attends the Postal Service dedication of a new Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamp at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, Calif., on April 30, 2010. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Joining the 'Idols'

    When Paula Abdul balked at returning to "American Idol," an opportunity arose for DeGeneres, a longtime music lover, to join the show. She joined Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, and host Ryan Seacrest on the hit Fox singing compeition. (FOX) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. The people's choice

    DeGeneres collected the People's Choice award for favorite talk show at the 2010 awards, her 11th such award. She joked, "Oprah, I love you and I'm sorry your show got canceled." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Happy couple

    DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi attend the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2009. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Rocking the stage

    Singer Kid Rock presented DeGeneres with the favorite talk-show host award at the 2009 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images for PCA) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Really big show

    DeGeneres performs during ''Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show'' during The Comedy Festival at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Nov. 20, 2008. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Getting a leg up

    DeGeneres, center, even joined a kickline of dancers during the taping of "Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show." (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Two brides

    DeGeneres poses with actress Portia de Rossi, right, on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, after the couple exchanged wedding vows in an intimate ceremony at their Beverly Hills, Calif., home. (Jay L. Clendenin / Lara Porzak Photography via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. For me??

    Actor Jake Gyllenhaal presents DeGeneres with 400 white roses to celebrate the 400th episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Nov. 9, 2005. (Warner Bros. via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Citizen Ellen

    A man waits for a bus in New York across the street from a huge banner of DeGeneres urging citizens to vote in the 2004 presidential election. (Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Do a little dance ...

    Justin Timberlake, left, makes a surprise appearance during a special taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Burbank, Calif., on Thursday, May 27, 2004. As DeGeneres danced her way to her chair after completing her monologue, Timberlake made his entrance. (Telepictures Productions via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Daytime queen

    DeGeneres holds her prize after winning the award for outstanding talk show at the 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York on Friday, May 21, 2004. (Tina Fineberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Golden night

    DeGeneres attended the Golden Globe Awards with Alexandra Hedison on Jan. 25, 2004. (Giulio Marcocchi / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Booking it

    DeGeneres appeared at a West Hollywood, Calif., book store to sign copies of her book "Ellen DeGeneres: The Funny Thing Is" in October 2003. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Fish tale

    DeGeneres gave voice to Dory, a Regal Blue Tang fish with bad short-term memory and a big heart, in the 2003 animated smash "Finding Nemo." (Walt Disney Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Dressed for the occasion

    DeGeneres lampooned the dress worn by Bjork at the 2001 Academy Awards when the comedian hosted the 2001 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Live, from New York

    DeGeneres plants one on Chris Kattan's goofy Mango character during a taping of "Saturday Night Live" on Dec. 15, 2001. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Sister Ellen

    DeGeneres played nun Sister Louise opposite Debra Messing, left, and Eric McCormack, right, in a guest appearance on "Will & Grace" in 2001. (Chris Haston / NBCU Photo Bank via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. 40 years of drama

    DeGeneres starred in and co-produced "If These Walls Could Talk 2," an HBO drama set in one house and spanning nearly 40 years, but featuring different lesbian occupants. In this segment, she played Kal, who is trying to have a baby with her lover Fran (Sharon Stone, left). Ann Heche, right, directed the segment. (HBO via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Long arm of the law

    DeGeneres played Sgt. Rita Pompano in the 1999 thriller "Goodbye Lover." (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Turn on the TV

    DeGeneres starred as a reality TV producer in the 1999 comedy "EDtv." (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Walking the red carpet

    DeGeneres brought her mother, right, and then-girlfriend Anne Heche, left, to the 1997 Emmy Awards. DeGeneres was nominated for best actress in a comedy series and best comedy writing. She took home the writing prize. (Kim Kulish / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Getting it 'Wrong'

    DeGeneres starred opposite Bill Pullman in the comedy "Mr. Wrong" in 1996. The film was largely panned by the critics. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. TV star

    DeGeneres starred in her own sitcom called "Ellen" from 1994-98. Her co-stars included David Anthony Higgins, left, and Clea Lewis. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Alone in the spotlight

    DeGeneres began her career as a stand-up comedian. Among her early performances was a 1992 showcase on HBO called "One Night Stand." (HBO via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. When mullets were cool

    Early in her career, in 1987, DeGeneres made an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," a dream launching pad for any ambitious comic. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
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Access Hollywood
updated 9/10/2009 1:02:48 PM ET 2009-09-10T17:02:48

Is Ellen DeGeneres ready to judge “American Idol?” The reality competition’s new permanent fourth judge told her new colleague, host Ryan Seacrest, on his radio show on Thursday morning that she’s going to “opinionate.”

“It’s ironic, isn’t it?” DeGeneres said, noting that she’d undergone plenty of judgment over the years regarding her sexuality. “I really do pride myself on not judging. We had ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ on the other day, so I do judge. But I try to remind myself that everyone is who they are for a reason. It’s gonna be a fine line – I’ll be honest, I don’t like to judge people. I like to opinionate in a necessary way.”

Still, DeGeneres said she’s already preparing to join the judges’ table.

“I’m getting fitted for robes. Judge Judy and I are going to hang out, so I’m getting ready,” she joked. “I haven’t even talked to Randy or Kara or Simon, but this is going to be a whole lot of fun.”

Asked by Seacrest how she’ll keep up with her daytime program, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” she said she’ll be trying to keep up with the busy radio host.

Video: Ellen DeGeneres named new ‘Idol’ judge “Yesterday I took a bagging job at Whole Foods,” she joked to Seacrest. “I’m trying to keep up with you. I’m not worried about that. What you have to do is a lot harder than me sitting there and listening — I do that at home anyway.”

And “Idol,” she said, will play a big part in her show from now on.

“I’ll get to talk about it on my show every day — it’s going to be great,” DeGeneres said. “This is our seventh season and I think it’ll add a whole lot of content to my show and I hope I’ll bring something [to ‘Idol’] that is fresh.”

“American Idol” Season 9 premieres in January 2010.

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