Steven Tyler Quits American Idol

"It's time to bring rock back," says the frontman who admits he strayed from the band. But did he really have a choice?

Steven Tyler Quits American Idol
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Steven Tyler says he will quit American Idol to focus on Aerosmith over the next few years. The frontman admits he strayed from the band, but says they're back to "kick some serious ass," according to Classic Rock: "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. "The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass the ultimate auditory takeover. In November we are unleashing our new album 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." Fox News speculates that Tyler was pressured to choose between the show and the band, highlighting that they were "jealous" when they heard through the press that their singer would become a judge on the pop show. Guitarist Joe Perry apparently threatened to replace Tyler with another singer, adding that American Idol is "a reality show designed to get people to watch that station and sell advertising It's one step above Ninja Turtles." The show has suffered in ratings since the departure of Simon Cowell in 2010 and co-host Jennifer Lopez might also join Tyler in leaving, according to the BBC. Was Tyler nudged by the band, or did he foresee declining ratings and wanted to jump ship? Share your theory in the comments.

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    macgregger
    sherry07 wrote: That said, American Idol is silly and I don't think anyone really wanted him to do it.
    You hit the nail on the head with that. The POP websites are asking who's going to replace him. I say don't replace him, just shut the show down.
    jrodgers
    That show is gonna be on for a long time. Too many people out there enjoy mindless television, mediocre pop music, melodrama, and most of all, feeling like they are an authority on judging musical talent.
    sherry07
    With all the hyping they're doing, this album had better be good. That said, American Idol is silly and I don't think anyone really wanted him to do it.
    Crofty89
    Joe Perry thinks that American Idol is better than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Off with his head!
    jbass13
    All the show has ever produced are country and pop artists that people forget in a few years.
    miregal
    I despise American Idol, and boycott it by not turning on my television.
    NiinjaMaster36
    Really? Jealous? I'd think angry and disappointed are better terms to describe the rest of the band. Of course they made him choose, be in the most ass-kicking hard rock band of ever and continue the rock 'n roll image, or be on one of America's dumbest shows ever and begin the sell-out image. I'm glad he chose the band
    nnb
    The problem is this show has been around for 10 years now, a lot of people don't even remember what TV was like pre "reality TV", with the rise of ADD its not going to end any time soon.Sadly.
    zorba_the_cat
    Well, seems like he wrote it while being high, that being said, I've been waiting for this since the last time I've seen them live (a couple of months before the American Idol story) so yeah! Hopin' to see if thery're really gonna kick those asses!
    Firehawk2410
    I saw this coming. I think he finally realized that he can't juggle two things at once
    mysticguitar77
    J-Lo did quit the show also, as rumored. They've now got 2 spots to fill again. Didn't even realize the show is still as popular as it is. It only has produced 2 legitimate stars thus far, so it doesn't really have a great batting average. But, I guess enough people still tune in for them to keep it going as long as they have.
    metalifan
    UG, are you seriously believing something Fox News said?? All they do is either lie or exaggerate something! Good to see Tyler's back where he belongs now though!
    BradTheBluefish
    I say one final season, get everybody interested, and find a replacement for the entire show next year. As for Perry/Tyler, I think the band definitely wanted Steven Tyler to focus on the band, not Hollywood. Tyler knew it wasn't going to last forever and so he jumped ship.
    AcdcTXfan
    I'm not buying that he was pressured by the band to leave. American Idol was exactly what this band needed. I remember reading a story on here in 2010 that showed that Aerosmith tickets sales were declining. Then Steven went on Idol, and now Aerosmith has been ranked as the #1 tour of the summer, and they're selling out all their shows. Besides, the show only takes place from January-May if you don't count the seven days of auditions they have to go through in the summer. Besides, if Aerosmith is going to be touring from the summer all the way through November or so, the band might have appreciated a little break from the road to rest while Steven does his Idol gig.
    proggyngardey
    jrodgers wrote: Too many people out there enjoy mindless television, mediocre pop music, melodrama, and most of all, feeling like they are an authority on judging musical talent.
    Funny you say that, cause it seems like a lot of people on this site feel like they have the same authority...
    zamboni757
    Crofty89 wrote: Joe Perry thinks that American Idol is better than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Off with his head!
    i think he means the crappy new michael bay remake called ninja turtles, which say they are from space and not a toxic waste