Confirmed: Kristen Johnston Takes Over for Paula Abdul on Ugly Betty

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While American Idol is still trying to determine how to replace Paula Abdul. Ugly Betty is moving forward with Kristen Johnston.

As previously reported, the actress will debut on Ugly Betty's two-hour premiere on October 9.

It's been confirmed that the former 3rd Rock from the Sun star will be playing Helen, Mode’s newest office temp and the role originally meant for Abdul.

“I’ve always considered myself a poor man’s Paula Abdul,” Johnston said to Entertainment Weekly, describing Helen as “Amanda in 10 years. She’s still trying to get into the right clubs, wearing tight dresses… tragic. I think [Helen] sees herself as Samantha from Sex and the City. Except, of course, she’s a temp.”

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