After two seasons on “American Idol,” Steven Tyler is saying sayonara. Fox put out a statement confirming his decision to depart the show, and the Aerosmith frontman summed up his decision in typical Tyler-speak.
“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,” he said. “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.”
“On Nov. 6,” he added, “we are unleashing our new album, “Music from Another Dimension” on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars…’Idol’ was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it.”
He concluded, “Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD,” presumably meaning, “Oh my God.”
Mike Darnell, Fox’s president of alternative entertainment, praised Tyler’s two seasons of judging, calling his presence on the show a “tremendous honor.”
Tyler’s departure comes on the heels of reports about shakeups to “Idol’s” lineup. Jennifer Lopez has hinted that her tenure as at the judge’s table may be nearing its end, and celebrities from Adam Lambert to Charlie Sheen have been rumored to be in talks to judge the reality singing competition.