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.


  • Dan

    So Steven Tyler is gone, J Lo is likely to be out Randy is still there. Guesses for replacements, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato?

  • Kaylie

    If {or shall I say} when Jennifer leaves, they should replace her with Beyonce or Mariah Carey. They should replace Steven Tyler with another rock legend or music producer; Preferably Dr. Luke.

  • jimbo

    Idols a Joke! Just a bunch of teen girls texting votes in to what ever gets their juices flowing. How many mega stars have come from this show? Most of the notables have come in 2nd place.

  • Jase

    Chances are, J-Lo and Randy are the next to call it quits. FOX and AI producers will have their work cut out for them trying to find replacements this late in the game (if you will). It’s going to be tough locking in big name people for more than 2 or 3 yrs.

  • Jeff

    Steven Tyler is one ugly woman….she looks like an 70 year old former pornstar who’s had too many botched plastic surgeries

  • Kaylie

    All the females that won this show, have gone on to greatness. Barely any females won -____-. The males are a disappointment to even be called winners of American Idol because they do nothing with their career.

  • Networkman

    ok, now that Steven Tyler is out, I definately would like to see Adam Lambert take his spot. @Jason, I also agree that Rihanna should take over the duties of Jennifer Lopez if she decides to leave. That would really be judging panel with alot of personality. Then the year after maybe Randy could finally leave and Pharrel take his spot.

  • Nadine

    will anybody notice?

  • Jason

    Bruno Mars has already tweeted that he is the replacement.

  • Steve

    Here’s what I would like to see for one week on American Idol (which I don’t ever watch now). Run a Facebook contest to find a pool of Idol superfans. People who can critique the singers as fans (you know, the people that buy music). Get rid of the dog and pony judges for a week, put up three screens and after each performance, get three fans honest opinions via Skype.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    @Steve Awful idea, Steve, I want to see celebrities not regular people, that’s… BORING!

  • Voltron

    Good for Steven. he never quite fit in with that J-Lo, turn this Idol gig into one endorsement after another mode, so I’m glad he got out, because he was losing credibility with rock fans and Aerosmith fans. I’m glad he’s back.

  • Ben

    American Idol rejected Jennifer Hudson, and many of their winners, were eventually dropped by their record labels. The fact that many of the people who won, were not the most talented is a sure sign that the show is going downhill. Steven Tyler is jumping a sinking ship. He’s doing what is best for him, and I hope Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson give some serious thought to also leaving a show that tends to pick the most popular popular at the moment, and not the most talented.

  • Ben

    The show tends to pick people who are winning the popularity contest and not the most talented. The judges need to have greater influence on helping to pick winners, and the people who call in need to have less influence. Call ins help the show to have more viewers, but, most of the people who call in are not judges of who’s talented and who’s just a pretty face.

  • TheBoss1

    Little Steven would be great. He’s been in a legendary band, he’s produced records, he’s a songwriter, he has a hip radio show, and he’s hilarious.

  • Jason

    @Ben So I believe what they should do is this. In order for the judges and the viewers to each have their say, the viewers will only vote just to put three in the bottom and then the judges will take care of the rest. It will continue until the final four at which point it will all be up to the viewers as to who wins.

    Also, if they have to stick with the 15-28 range, I think the producers should watch music videos that typically air on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon to get a better picture of how each of the participants should act their age. If they won’t do that, they should raise the age to 19-31. The theme weeks should be made more broad than they are now, but still keep “From the Year You Were Born” and “Who’s Your Idol.” The themes should be “Billboard Number Ones,” “Alternative Rock,” “What Did Your Parents Listen To When They Were Your Age?”

  • The Watcher

    Tyler finally realized that being the lead singer of Aerosmith is 1000 times better than being a doofus judge on a joke TV show.

  • The Mike Factor

    I like your ideas! I hope they put those in to effect.

    Also @Steve, I think your idea about the superfans as judges for a week would be really interesting, and maybe they’d actually be honest judges. They should try that.

    @HotLatino4GayMarriage Your attitude exemplifies one of the many reasons this show is failing. The focus should be on the CONTESTANTS not the judges. If celebrities are going to be too nice then let’s get some honest, real people in there. Not to mention real people come much cheaper than celebs :D

  • mike

    maybe fox will cancelled idol and finally do away with it rating bottom out this season

  • Tessa

    The whole week there were talks about J-Lo leaving and Randy getting the boot. Then bam, it’s Steven!

    Oh Reality TV! Even your reality is mostly TV.

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