Anti-Defamation League Defends Steven Tyler: 'Idol' Comment 'Not Considered a Racist Remark' (EXCLUSIVE)
"We do not see it as racist," Director of Media Relations Todd Gutnick explained.
"It's a common phrase that is not at all linked in any way to a specific race. There's no racial connotation or stereotype," he added regarding Tyler's comments.
The war of words between the reality show judges began when Tyler told MTV News, "If Bob Dylan [auditioned], Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield."
The feisty pop star then responded to Tyler's comments by saying, "I haven't done anything to you, that's a racist comment."
Tyler, who left American Idol in July after two seasons with the top-rated FOX program, initially weighed in on the now-infamous feud between Minaj and Mariah Carey, who were caught on camera yelling at one another during a season 12 audition in North Carolina.
In his most recent interview with MTV, the legendary frontman said the judges should be focusing more on teamwork, not bickering.
"I know that they've got something going on on the judges' panel, [and] it shouldn't be that, it should be just the opposite: They should have something going on, which is called 'camaraderie,'" Tyler said.
American Idol season 12 premieres Jan. 16.