Steven Tyler Leaves 'American Idol'
Musician to depart judging role after two season to focus on Aerosmith
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/12/2012 4:43:24 PM
"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," said Tyler in a statement Thursday. "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 went on to say that he would dedicate the next few years to his band, which releases a new album, Music From Another Dimension, on Nov. 6, while noting that "Idol was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it."
"It's been a tremendous honor to have Steven - one of the most prolific artists in the world - on American Idol for the past two seasons," said Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "He's been a terrific judge, a true friend and great mentor to everyone involved with the show, and we know he'll continue to be a huge inspiration to Idol hopefuls for years to come. We are very sad that Steven has chosen to focus more on his music, but we always knew when we hired a rock 'n' roll legend, he would go back to the music. We all wish him all the best and would love to have him back on the show anytime."
Neither of Idol's two remaining judges, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, is yet confirmed for the reality show's upcoming 12th season. Lopez told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres back in May that she didn't know if she could go a third year, and earlier this week, E! News reported that former Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was in the running as a possible new judge.
The shakeup comes as Fox is debating how to retool the decade-old reality show after it slid about 30% in the ratings this year in the face of increased competition from NBC's The Voice.
"This year, we made the decision, 'Don't fix what ain't broke,' and all of a sudden, we had a lot more competition in the space," Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly told B&C in May. "American Idol is not going to just come back on its heels next year. We are going to rise to the occasion and have a little fun with our format as well."
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