Steven Tyler: I’m Leaving ‘American Idol’
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Steven Tyler is pulling the plug on his two-year affair with American Idol.
“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 in a statement.
The legendary rocker continued, saying, “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”
The announcement comes amid rampant rumors over the musical judging chairs. Jennifer Lopez recently said that she thought it was “time for her to go.”
Tyler is, however, grateful for his time as judge of A.I.
“IDOL was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it … Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD,” the Aerosmith frontman said.
It seems he has the support of show executives, too.
“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,” stated IDOL creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “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!”
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