POSTED: 11:20 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2012
LOS ANGELES >> Steven Tyler says he’s exiting “American Idol” to put rock ‘n’ roll first.
Tyler said he’s leaving the show after two seasons to rededicate himself to Aerosmith, the band he fronts. The rock star said he loved every minute on the hit Fox singing contest but added, “it’s time to bring rock back.”
“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 e-mailed by News Corp.-owned Fox. ”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.”
Tyler joined the cast of ”Idol,’ the most-watched U.S. television program, in late 2010 as part of a retooling that also brought in actress Jennifer Lopez after Simon Cowell left. In May, Fox entertainment President Kevin Reilly promised a ”creative reinvigoration” after ratings fell this season.
Tyler’s departure leaves original judge Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, but the singer-actress’ future with the show is cloudy.
In an interview with The Associated Press as the news about Tyler broke, Lopez said she was saddened to hear that he was leaving. She said that his departure definitely will play a role in her decision to stay and she is unsure if she is coming back either.