Steven Tyler leaving his ‘mistress’ American Idol

Gage Smith Contributor
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Here’s one rock star who is leaving the building, or at least the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Steven Tyler announced in a press release Thursday that he will not return as a judge for the twelfth season of “American Idol.” The Aerosmith front man said he is departing the show to focus on music, or as only Steven Tyler put it, switching from one love affair to another.

“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.”

Tyler joined the show in its tenth season after the departure of mean-spirited panelist Simon Cowell, and while he may not have given profound musical insight, he did provide some entertainingly absurd commentary.  

His memorable advice to amateur musicians included, “Hell fire and save matches, fuck a duck and see what hatches” to eventual season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, and saying to the protective father of a teenage contestant, “Hot, humid and happening, just like your daughter.”

Tyler claims he is returning to rock ‘n roll in full force, saying, “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.”

The band will release its fifteenth studio album on November 6. Tyler described the album, titled “Music from Another Dimension,” as “the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars.”

For some solid Steven Tyler “American Idol” moments, see the videos below.