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Steven Tyler Quits ‘American Idol’ to Be a Rock Star

Steven Tyler leaves 'American Idol'
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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who’s been a judge during the most recent two seasons of ‘American Idol,’ has decided it’s time to move on and go back to the tedious business of, you know, being a rock star.

In a press release, the 64-year-old Tyler said in part (and we’re quoting directly here, punctuation and all):

“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 … 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 … ’Idol’ was over the top fun, and I loved every minute of it … Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD.”

Though rumors were circulating that both Randy Jackson and Steven were already thinking of retiring from the judges’ panel, we were all convinced Jennifer Lopez would be the first to throw in the towel.

Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment for ‘Idol’ network Fox, said what an honor it’s been to have Tyler on the show, adding, “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 [it]. We all wish him all the best and would love to have him back on the show anytime.”

Now that Tyler has bid the show farewell, will J. Lo finally stop hemming and hawing around and take her leave as well?

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