Paula released a statement on Thursday to congratulate Ellen. The singer says, "'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. I wish her and the show only the best of luck."
On Thursday morning, Ellen talked with "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest on his morning radio show. "I hope Paula is okay with it. I don't want anybody to think I took Paula's job away," she told Seacrest. She explained, "I feel like she was gone and then everybody was looking for somebody else, then I stepped in."