Steven Tyler announced he is leaving his judging duties on ‘American Idol.’ Fox and the Aerosmith rocker made the announcement in a press statement earlier today.
“After some long … hard … thoughts … I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” Tyler said. “I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back — but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass — the ultimate in auditory takeover … On Nov. 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars … “Idol” was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it … Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD.”
“Steven Tyler is a real ‘Idol,’ a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on ‘American Idol,’ I would have thought it impossible,” Simon Fuller, creator and executive producer of “American Idol,” said in a statement. “The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud. I completely understand his desire to get back to his life as the singer in America’s greatest-ever rock band. ‘American Idol’ will miss him!”
Tyler served alongside veteran judge Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez for Seasons 10 and 11. Lopez has mentioned of late that there is a possibility she may not return to the show in season 12 either. Fuller may be looking for two new judges going into next season, but unfortunately he won’t be looking for a new host, as Ryan Seacrest will be back.