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Steven Tyler departs ‘American Idol’

One down. Who is next? Photo credit: Michael Becker/AP

One gone. Who is next? Photo credit: Michael Becker/AP

Steven Tyler is walking his way off the “American Idol” set.

The legendary rocker announced Thursday afternoon that he’s leaving his judging post on the show, where he’s proffered an opinion for the past two seasons.

“I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress, ‘American Idol,’ before she boils my rabbit,” the ever-clever Tyler said in a statement.

He acknowledged straying from his “first love” – Aerosmith – and suggested that his “Idol” departure was prompted by a desire to return full-force to the band.

In an interview with the AJC shortly after Tyler’s announcement, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said he hadn’t yet talked to the singer about his decision, but knew it was a tough call for his bandmate.

“I know he originally wanted to go back if they asked him, but when [our new record] started gathering momentum and then the thought of being locked into another year…as much as he enjoyed doing it, I think he missed being in the band full-time,” Perry said. “Not that he wasn’t ever involved full-time, but it really was a lot of work. Except for the hunks of time he wasn’t around so we couldn’t tour, I never felt like he wasn’t present 100 percent for the band. Being on a live show is a real commitment. But now with this reality setting in, I think he’s going to be really happy to be back.”

Aerosmith is in the midst of a summer tour that plays Philips Arena July 26, and will release “Music from Another Dimension,” its first new studio album in more than a decade, in November.

Fellow “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez hasn’t announced her decision about another season, but hinted on the “Today” show this morning that she is leaning toward leaving.

[Update: Lopez confirmed to Ryan Seacrest on Friday that she is leaving.]

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

38 comments Add your comment

Dick Lark

July 12th, 2012
5:13 pm

HOOO-RAAAY!!!!

Dick Lark

July 12th, 2012
5:15 pm

I hope J-Lo leaves, too. Randy is okay but the other two were just awful judges. Hopefully Jimmy Iovine will take one of the spots.

Rickster

July 12th, 2012
5:24 pm

Over the top. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

So What?

July 12th, 2012
5:24 pm

I really don’t care if Steven or Jennifer leave. Without the originals (Randy, who is still here, Simon and Paula), I don’t even watch it anymore. Those 3 judges were as entertaining as the singers, and sometimes, moreso!

Rickster

July 12th, 2012
5:24 pm

Rodney sure picked a bad day to be on vacation! :-)

Rudy

July 12th, 2012
5:29 pm

I enjoyed the postive feedback both Stephen & Jennifer would give the contestants. Both will be missed

Judge Smails

July 12th, 2012
5:31 pm

How will this affect the November elections?

How will it affect the Falcons season?

How will this affect the Braves in the post-season.

How about the price of gas?

suzie

July 12th, 2012
5:37 pm

Sorry to hear Steven Tyler is leaving the show i really liked him hope they don’t bring back Simon and yes get rid of J-Lo.

Ratingnmoney

July 12th, 2012
5:45 pm

The reality this show has NOT produced a superstar in a long long time …ratings are showing that …now add in NO reason to add more money to a new contract equals LEAVING! Makes sense

Al Czervik

July 12th, 2012
5:51 pm

@Judge Smails. How’s the Wife? I bet she was something before electricity?

suzie

July 12th, 2012
5:52 pm

(Judge Smails) What does Steven Tyler leaving the show has to do with elections, Braves, Falcons and gas? Duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judge Smails

July 12th, 2012
5:53 pm

@Al Czervik – You’ll get nothing and like it!

Judge Smails

July 12th, 2012
5:54 pm

@ Susie – It’s my way of saying…who cares? AI has not been relavent in years.

Rosita

July 12th, 2012
6:07 pm

I loathed him at first but he became my favorite!

idol americas got talent hater

July 12th, 2012
6:07 pm

steven tyler and jennifer lopez yall were funny sad to see you go randy is boring .

idol americas got talent hater

July 12th, 2012
6:09 pm

j – lo to see yr butt in those tight dresses was worth it

idol americas got talent hater

July 12th, 2012
6:13 pm

look dumb -a producers get paula back and get elton john or bon jovi to be a judge

count_schemula

July 12th, 2012
6:33 pm

yay! the probable end of idol

[...] Melissa’s post — including reaction from Joe Perry, lead guitarist for Tyler’s Aerosmith — at [...]

count_schemula

July 12th, 2012
6:36 pm

A moment of silence for… Rod Beck.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

July 12th, 2012
6:41 pm

I am going to miss Steven Tyler. I really enjoyed him. He was funny and smart and seemed to genuinely care about the young contestants. It was also exciting watching a legend on live TV.

J-Lo has compassion without going too far with it. Plus, I am so proud of her, understanding where she came from. She is a very sweet lady and very pretty as well. Loads of class. I hope she stays, but I can understand if she leaves, there are so many options for this talented LADY.

Rndy seems disengeunuous sometimes. sometimes his opinions seem to miss the mark. He is almost a legend himself so he deserves respect.

Go Falcons!!!

DannyG

July 12th, 2012
6:53 pm

Idol has run it’s gambit. Tyler was a good, honest,, and funny judge. JLo looked bored most of the time and Randy is Randy. I have watched every year and in the last two years, there have been so many production people behind the contestants, you really did not know where the fluff ended and the talet began, until Phillip Phillips. He was what he was and even though he will never be a hit maker, he will be an asset to the music world. Good luck Mr. Tyler. I went to your show a few years back and it was so bad and you cut the show in half because of your “illness” that I swore off “wheelchair” rock and go to the younger talent’s shows, and I am 60.

Vast Wastrel

July 12th, 2012
6:56 pm

An Idol judge doesn’t have to be perfect, but Steven’s commentary wasn’t perfect for me.

(No I’m not on drugs. That was a riff on one of Steven’s inane critiques this past season.)

bulldogbubba

July 12th, 2012
7:03 pm

Was not a fan of him to begin with but He took it and made it His own! LOL! Just dont sign that freak Adam Lambert.Wil not watch if they do sign him.

jimbo

July 12th, 2012
7:04 pm

Cheap Trick Rocks

TOTY12/13

July 12th, 2012
7:24 pm

It may be time for the entire show to leave period. It’s boring and we all get the hint now! End the show on a semi-high note and put something sensible on t.v

Braves #17 Fan

July 12th, 2012
7:28 pm

Get Robin Zander

woodrow

July 12th, 2012
7:55 pm

I want to see one of those Brits back in there. I love their crabby snobbish attitudes. It’s very entertaining.

Eric

July 12th, 2012
8:03 pm

I feel that American Idol has pretty much over-stayed its welcome. Other reality shows that I feel have over-stayed… The Amazing Race, The Bachelor (and The Bachelorette), The Biggest Loser, and Hell’s Kitchen. We don’t know yet if Fox is considering ending Idol.

black boortz

July 12th, 2012
8:35 pm

@ Eric

You can add “The Apprentice” (”Celebrity Apprentice”) to that list.

Observer

July 12th, 2012
9:07 pm

I’m with you Judge Smails, but you have to realize that there is a slice of our society that used to be teenagers only, but now seems to comprise everyone from 14 year olds to 35 year olds that would “just die” if they didn’t have American Idol, Facebook, Twitter, Entertainment tonight, Jersey Shore, and yes, Jerry Springer etc.to distract them from the reality of their own lives.

I can understand the teenage crushes, but it doesn’t say much for the 20 to 35 crowd. Sooner or later they will wake up to reality and see how things have slipped away from them and that it is too late in their lives for them to become another Tyler, Hendrix,Jagger, P.Diddy etc. and that living vicariously just doesn’t do it.

smutty

July 12th, 2012
10:03 pm

who gives a rats rear

kong

July 12th, 2012
11:06 pm

Maybe he can get a job singing the national anthem.

Bobby G

July 12th, 2012
11:13 pm

Steven, you’re beautiful….just beautiful….I loved you in Wayne’s World II….hope the Summer tour is a success, and that you actually get to have sex with one of Idol’s many female contestants that you lusted over each week. Adios amigo, and keep on rockin!

whatever

July 13th, 2012
12:48 am

Steven might be a lot of things, but beautiful he ain’t!

gps

July 13th, 2012
4:41 am

People still watch American Idol?

[...] Steven Tyler announced his departure. That leaves Randy Jackson – an original panelist – as the only one standing. Rumors are [...]

Observer

July 18th, 2012
9:09 pm

“Steven might be a lot of things, but beautiful he ain’t!”

Agreed, but considering the rest of Bobby G’s comments it is immediately obvious what kind of value system is in play there. I think we should be grateful that we got “beautiful”, and that it was spelled correctly.