The Aerosmith front man said he thought “long and hard” about whether to continue as judge on American Idol. But he has now announced he is quitting the TV show to concentrate on his band.
Rocker Tyler has been a popular judge on the US show since 2010 but as ratings for the show fall, he has quit his judging role ahead of the twelfth season this autumn.
Fellow judge Jennifer Lopez is also said to be undecided about whether to return to her ‘American Idol’ judging role.
“I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit,” said Steven Tyler, in a humorous (weird?) explanation like those many of us will miss on ‘American Idol’ without him. “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.”
Aerosmith is on a nationwide tour with Tyler and has an album due out in the autumn.
‘American Idol,’ the biggest show on US television since at least 2005, has struggled to keep viewers hooked since the departure of Simon Cowell in 2010 to launch ‘American X-Factor,’ which aired for the first time last year.
I might be the only person who loves ‘American Idol’ more with Steven Tyler than Simon Cowell, though. The season 11 finale drew 21.5 million viewers – a record low – and ended the season at No. 2 in the ratings, with an average 20 million viewers for the mid-week shows.
There is now also some doubt about whether Jennifer Lopez will return for the next season, despite a contract worth a reported $12 million and the show’s undoubted boost to her career. She admitted it was hard for her to hear that Steven would not be back for ‘American Idol’ next season.
Speculation is rife about who will replace Steven Tyler, and perhaps Jennifer Lopez, on the ‘American Idol’ judging panel. Strong favorites seem to be Mariah Carey and former Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.
Commenting on Tyler’s departure, Mark Darnell at Fox, said:
“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 music.”