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Steven Tyler Leaves ‘American Idol’

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Tyler…out! (To borrow phrase from host Ryan Seacrest.)

After two seasons, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has chosen to leave his role as a judge on ‘American Idol.’ Tyler made the announcement via press release, smack dab in the middle of speculation that Charlie Sheen is up for a slot on the panel and right after Jennifer Lopez, who joined the same season as Tyler, said that she thinks it’s time for her to go. Will Randy ‘Yo! Dawg!’ Jackson be the sole judge to remain?

Tyler, who served on the judge’s panel for Season 10 and 11 and offered ‘Tylerisms’ — hilarious quips and phrasings to contestants — revealed that he is leaving ‘American Idol.’ He wants to return to his first love: rock ‘n’ roll.

Below is the text of Tyler’s statement. True to form, he drops lots of head-scratching phrases that somehow make total sense.

“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 with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass–the ultimate in auditory takeover… On Nov. 6, we are unleashing our new album,’ Music from Another Dimension’ 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. ERMAHGERD.”

‘Idol’ execs expressed sadness at Tyler’s exit in the same press release. Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, said, “He’s been a terrific judge, a true friend and great mentor to everyone involved with the show…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 the music. We all wish him all the best and would love to have him back on the show anytime.”

‘Idol’ creator Simon Fuller said, “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.”

We can’t help but wonder if Tyler left the show at the producer’s prompting so they can clean house and bring in a new-look panel, or if he bolted to beat Lopez to the punch, since she seems determined to move on.

Either the way, we will definitely miss his larger-than-life personality on the show.

PopCrushers, who should replace Steven Tyler on ‘Idol?’ Would Sheen do the trick?

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