Paula Abdul wishes Ellen DeGeneres luck

Calls future 'American Idol' judge 'wildly funny'

Newly minted "American Idol" judge Ellen DeGeneres got a ringing endorsement from the woman she is replacing.

Paula Abdul on Thursday sent her comments about DeGeneres' hire on "Idol" via Twitter, the same micro-blogging service she used in July to  announce her exit from the top-rated reality series.

"I think Ellen will be a great judge on 'Idol,' " Abdul wrote. "She is wildly funny, talented and I wish her the best of luck!"

Abdul is currently rehearsing for her hosting gig on her upcoming "VH1 Divas" special, which premieres Sept. 17.