Steven Tyler is Leaving 'American Idol'

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July 12th, 2012

via press release:



Steven Tyler has decided to depart his role as a judge on AMERICAN IDOL. Tyler served as a judge during the 10th and 11th seasons of IDOL.


“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,” said Tyler. “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.”


“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,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “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 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 the music. We all wish him all the best and would love to have him back on the show anytime.”


“Steven Tyler is a real ‘Idol,’ a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on AMERICAN IDOL, I would have thought it impossible,” stated IDOL creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud. 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!”


“We’re all very thankful and privileged that Steven joined AMERICAN IDOL two years ago,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia. “A true music icon, he not only brought rock ’n’ roll to the show, but also his exceptional taste in spotting and nurturing undiscovered talent. We will sincerely miss his poetic phrases, his remarkable creativity and his unique spirit. We’re sad about his departure from the show, but understand his decision to return to music full-time and hope he’ll be back to grace the AMERICAN IDOL stage in seasons to come.”


AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America, Inc.


  • Jeff (Canada)

    And nothing of value was lost.

  • Common Anomaly


  • Julie


  • Colin


  • AppleStinx

    Steven Tyler knows where to draw the line. It’s nobody’s fault that he loves his band and doesn’t want to miss a thing. If leaving American Idol is what it takes to be back in the saddle again, he’ll take a permanent vacation and you won’t see me crying.

  • Matt

    I love how they called him a judge, I just thought he was a weird monkey on the end of the panel spouting jibberish.

  • A-

    who’s that weird monkey chick with all the plastic surgery?

  • PearInAnAppleTree

    Good! Now if we could just get everyone else to leave and close the show down, along with all the other “talent” shows, we might be getting somewhere.

  • AppleStinx


    Mama Kin.

  • Julie


    Okay, a bit much but that was rather cleverly done.

  • pokemonmon

    you dont understand how much i love this article and these comments

  • AppleStinx


    Dream on.

  • Jumbotron

    I hope they replace him with Gordon Ramsay.

  • rob60990

    Jennifer is also rumored to be out. Randy will likely stay.

  • AppleStinx

    Jumbotron wrote: “I hope they replace him with Gordon Ramsay.”

    Ok…. I wanna know why.

  • webdznr

    Steven Tyler was a huge fan favorite and will be greatly missed.. the numbers will prove it. After watching since season 2, we’re finally done with idol in this house.

  • Keri


    I don’t know, watching him call a 16 year old girl an f-ing donkey might be funny for awhile.

    Unless they get Beiber or some other magastar, the show’s due to continue trending downward. Will be fun to see what they can piece together.

  • Jason

    If Randy stays, I think the new judges should be a female like Katy Perry or Rhianna and a music producer who knows contemporary music like Dr. Luke.

  • johnt

    is it really his decision or the producer’s?

  • Jan Perry

    I like Tyler, Enuff already, I’m tired of American Idol. I’m also tired of Dancing w/the stars. Let’s see what the fall brings.!!!!

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