One of the most entertaining judges to ever grace the stage of American Idol is leaving, RumorFix has confirmed.
Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler has quit the FOX show to focus on his music full time.
“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 rock legend said in a statement to RumorFix.
“I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back–but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I 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 stars…Idol was over the top fun, and I loved every minute of it…Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. Ermaghgerd.”
Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment for FOX, said, “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. 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 all wish him all the best and would love to have him back on the show anytime.”
Simon Fuller, creator of American Idol, said, “If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on American Idol I would thought it impossible. The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud and 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!”