CONFIRMED: Steven Tyler Quits 'American Idol'

12 July 2012

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has confirmed that he will not return to American Idol next year.

The rocker, who participated in two seasons of the singing contest alongside Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, announced the news tonight, saying he had "over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it."

He said: "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’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band."

Creator Simon Fuller said in his own statement: "The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of [Tyler] 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!"

Jennifer Lopez has also been dropping hints that her tenure on the show has come to an end.

Steven's final batch of finalists...

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