Steven Tyler Confirms Exit From '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,” the Aerosmith frontman said in a statement Thursday.
He continued, “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 star.”
But the rock legend leaves with nothing but fond memories of his time on the hit show.
“IDOL was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it,” Tyler said. “Now it’s time to bring Rock Back."
"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,” said show 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!”
The news comes only hours after Tyler's former co-judge, Jennifer Lopez, hinted to TODAY that she, too, might leave the show after two seasons.
“I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do,” Lopez told Natalie Morales on Thursday, “Like films, and right now I’m on tour and performing — all the things that I do.”
“This has been a great journey, but at the same time … I really love the show. All I can do is tell you what I’m thinking,” she added. (See more in the video below.)
With Tyler out, and Lopez maybe out, that leaves the show's third judge, Randy Jackson, who has yet to confirm whether or not he'll be back for a 12th season next year. (Jackson has been with the show since 2002.)
A number of famous names have subsequently floated around as possible replacements. Among them: former contestant Adam Lambert; Miley Cyrus; and Katy Perry.
One thing is certain: Host Ryan Seacrest will be back in January, in part one of a two-year renewal deal.
Tyler, who first joined the show in 2011, was known for his sometimes outrageous, but often spot-on critiques of the Idol hopefuls. This past season, he memorably had a heated exchange with contestant Heejun Han following Han's performance of Billy Joel's 'My Life.' Relive the moment below:
What do you think? Should Tyler have left the show? And who should replace him next season? Post your comments, below!
Earlier this week, Celebuzz spoke to a number of TV experts about the future of American Idol, many of whom agreed the show is in need of a complete overhaul.
Well, it looks like that's definitely begun to happen!