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.
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