Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will replace Paula Abdul on "American Idol," she and the network announced on Wednesday.

DeGeneres made the announcement on her syndicated talk show; the video was then posted on her Web site. Fox made the announcement via Twitter.

DeGeneres is known for incorporating music programming as a regular feature on her talk show, with recurring segments featuring guests dancing on stage and singing with her in the studio's bathroom. Several of these — including DeGeneres singing with Jennifer Hudson and Christmas caroling with Britney Spears — have made a viral impact online.

Audition rounds for the ninth season of "American Idol" are already underway, and guest judges ranging from Victoria Beckham to Avril Lavigne have filled in for Abdul in various audition cities.

"American Idol" returns to TV in January.