"American Idol" just got a little less rock 'n' roll.
After two seasons on Fox's reality singing competition, Steven Tyler is stepping away from the judges table to return to his band, Aerosmith, 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,” Tyler said in a statement delivered by Fox. “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. 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. ERMAHGERD.”
Tyler's fellow music superstar judge, Jennifer Lopez, is also rumored to leave the show before the new season kicks off next year.
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No replacement for Tyler has been announced.