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Steven Tyler Ditches
Is Jennifer Lopez Next??

I am – Hercules!!

“American Idol’ ratings have plummeted since Simon Cowell left the show, and now his successor, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, has jumped ship as well.

There’s also some question as to whether Jennifer Lopez will be back; the “Monster-In-Law” actress has no contract for next season.

A fox press release:

Steven Tyler has decided to depart his role as a judge on AMERICAN IDOL. Tyler served as a judge during the 10th and 11th seasons of IDOL.
"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," said Tyler. "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. 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."
"It's been a tremendous honor to have Steven - one of the most prolific artists in the world - on AMERICAN IDOL for the past two seasons," said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "He's been a terrific judge, a true friend and great mentor to everyone involved with the show, and we know he'll continue to be a huge inspiration to IDOL hopefuls for years to come. 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."
"Steven Tyler is a real 'Idol,' a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on AMERICAN IDOL, I would have thought it impossible," stated IDOL creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. "The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him 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!"
"We're all very thankful and privileged that Steven joined AMERICAN IDOL two years ago," said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia. "A true music icon, he not only brought rock 'n' roll to the show, but also his exceptional taste in spotting and nurturing undiscovered talent. We will sincerely miss his poetic phrases, his remarkable creativity and his unique spirit. We're sad about his departure from the show, but understand his decision to return to music full-time and hope he'll be back to grace the AMERICAN IDOL stage in seasons to come."
AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America, Inc. 

Despite its plummeting ratings, “Idol” is still arguable TV’s most popular show and is in little danger of cancellation anytime soon.


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  • July 12, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    That's too bad

    by Bass Ackwards

    I'm sorry to hear that we will be getting another Aerosmith album, terrible news. I guess whether its through Idol or Aerosmith, Tyler is just intent on finding ways of bringing shitty music to the masses.

  • July 12, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    please please please

    by adml_shake

    let this continue the path that the show is on towards cancellation. I'm so fucking sick of hearing about this. They should rename it to "15 minutes of fame"

  • idol needs to go nuts and get ozzy weekly train wreck

  • July 12, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Aerosmith bolts doors, changes phone #.

    by vulturess

  • July 12, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    cancel this shit, already

    by Jared Parker

    they should have cancelled it two years ago

  • July 12, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    "AMERICN?!?" Spell check, Herc! :)

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    You should know, it's spelled 'Merica. :)

  • July 12, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Same here, Cancel this crappy show and put Real Good Programs on

    by Kyle DeMattio

  • July 12, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    that press release

    by schadenfreudian

    Whoever wrote it really captured the essence of Steven Tyler. <br> What a monumental douche.

  • July 12, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Wait, so we hate Steven Tyler now?

    by Jason

    Are you all 12? Good lord...

  • July 12, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by Chris Moody


  • July 12, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    If Charlie Sheen wanted my job, I'd probably quit too.

    by Tarijeno


  • July 12, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Thank God.

    by Triple_J_72

  • July 12, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    This makes the show much less interesting...

    by Raymond Shaw

    ...from the surgical point of view.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    It's just not much fun when there's no asshole

    by Blarg Barfington

    All three just tell every contestant how fucking wonderful they are, even when they totally fuck up. It's boring.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    How bout' America ditches it next!

    by Darth_Kaos

  • July 12, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Who really cares?

    by nephilim138

    Seriously, who?

  • July 12, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    Time to bring back "The Gong Show", seriously...

    by iamatroll

    When i was a young stripling, i used to enjoy the hell out of "The Gong Show," the infamous 70's faux talent show where horrible "acts" vied for a whopping $516.32 (the SAG's minimum wage for a day's pay) and would try to not get gonged by the "celebrity" panel of judges, which usually consisted of J.P. Morgan, Arte Johnson, Jaime Farr and other B list celebrities. This looney bin was presided over by a coked out of his mind Chuck Barris, and from time to time "Gene Gene The Dancing Machine" would show up to boogie to big bad music, while a live studio audience just ate all of this up. The reason for this nostalgic whimsy is simply this: The Gong Show represented a time in America when people were a hell of a lot less uptight, and actually had fun just for the sake of having fun. Fast forward to today, and "American Idol" is simply the gong show minus the gong, and the fun, and is all about people attempting to launch a singing career and usually failing miserably. As a forty something year old, i look back on the days of "The Gong Show" with fond memories, and then i see Idol and it's ilk today, and i wonder what the hell crawled up America's ass and died. Why is everyone so goddamned hostile? Even the worst acts who got gonged on "The Gong Show" laughed it off with the rest of the studio audience. Today, people who are kicked off Idol in the audition rounds throw hissy fits. THIS is why i no longer bother with modern television today. Singing competitions, reality shows, dopey ass cartoons, it's all drek. Give me the good old days of "The Gong Show," "The Munsters," "The Beverly Hillbillies," i could go on and on. In short, give me back the days when America had a sense of humor. Today's American pop culture scene sucks. And you can quote me on that.

  • July 12, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    I still wanna plow Jennifer Lopez like there's no tomorrow

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Good GOD is she still fuckable...

  • July 12, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    The Gong Show is alive and well...

    by Blarg Barfington

    It's called America's Got Talent.

  • Because she is. Hard to believe people used to make fun of her gorgeous ass.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    How is this AintItCoolNews?

    by gus4u2c

    How does this relate to Geek/Nerd culture?

  • Mind you, of course I'm not saying she's unnattractive; obviously she's still very easy on the eyes, even here more than a decade after looking insanely sexy in 'Out Of Sight'. But when I recently perused over Maxim's newest 2012 "Hot 100" list, I'm sorry but the thing instantly announced itself as wholly & entirely irrelevant (not to mention just plain WRONG) when they seriously had Lopez closer to #1 than the likes of Kate Upton. True, it was "only" a few slots, I think it was something like Lopez was #32, and Upton #38, something to that affect, but that's more than enough.<br> <br> In fact, never mind Lopez, putting her aside completely, simply the idea by itself that Maxim would put Upton as far away from #1 as somewhere in the 30's, the managing editor there either knows exactly what he's doing and, not unlike an internet troll, puts stuff out there he knows will light a fire under people solely for the sake of itself, or he genuinely needs to be seen by a psychiatric physician as soon as humanly possible, because he's had a mental break from reality. Society so rarely gets the opportunity to find true beauty all around (& it ALL being NATURAL, that's the key!!) in one creature as we have currently in Kate Upton. She could make the gayest man alive suddenly crave nothing but pussy for the rest of his life.

  • July 13, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST


    by Hercules

    "How does this relate to Geek/Nerd culture?" It does not. Aerosmith is awesome regardless of us. Also, geeks and nerds have not yet cornered the marked on cool. One could even argue that geeks and nerds are the antithesis of cool.

  • July 13, 2012, 1:28 a.m. CST

    paging Eddie Money...

    by da-giez


  • July 13, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST


    by BlueLando

    And yet this site is called Ain't It Cool, was started by a geek, and is (at heart) about geek content... our confusion is merited. Course, the non geek articles are acts of trolling to get talkback hits and more money. So... meh!

  • July 13, 2012, 4:01 a.m. CST

    geeks dont like rock and roll?

    by walt

    herc loves reality he writes about it...its his column at one time, tyler was a great front man for a great rock/blues band out of boston then he fucked himself and his voice up with drugs...cuz he bought into the rock star bs then rundmc saved him...rev run is a good man but now, tyler is a parody of himself

  • July 13, 2012, 5:43 a.m. CST

    by The Grasshopper Lies Heavy

    Well at least he gave us Liv Tyler so give the guy a break..

  • July 13, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    who gives a shite? A O fell off the minute Simon bounced.

    by Stalkeye

    Expect next season to be it's very last.

  • July 13, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    waltkovacs Fucking yeah, Run Dmc saved their collective asses.

    by Stalkeye

    Even Tyler humbly admits if not for the iconic Rap group, Aerosmith would not have had this huge comeback. And sadly Stevie is becoming more of a parody of himself and it shows when watching Idol.

  • July 13, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    so, that's who that old woman was sitting next to JLo!

    by SergeantStedenko

  • July 13, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Paula Abdul is available

    by jim

    As is Nicole Schwarzawhatever Then again, American Idol has been on so long, I'm sure there is a plethora of former Top Ten finalists who have nothing better to do than come back on and judge. They are familiar with the show, and the audience (if no one else) is familiar with them. I'd say anyone who has been back as a mentor (have any? I'm sure some probably have been) might be on the short list to replace Tyler or J-Lo. Or go in a completely different direction and hire Regis Philbin and Don Rickles.

  • And The Nazi Party used to be the most popular party in Germany... OR ELSE!!!!!! teehee

  • July 13, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    J-Lo's gone too.

    by Nick

    So says Fox News...

  • July 13, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    The Dream Panel ...

    by Todaysfate

    Barbra Streisand. Eminen. Weird Al Yankovic.

  • July 13, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Mariah Carey

    by K

    I'll take her instead. Can't see j-lo's assets behind coughed table, but Mariah's jiggly bits will treat hd right. Now get rid of Randy Jackson and I might actually watch this trash.

  • July 13, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    judge's table

    by K

    not coughed table..

  • July 13, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    RE: theseeker7

    by Chris

    That would be Gene Simmons, hands down. And ever since Michelle Obama made the list in Maxim, it's clear there is a political agenda. JLo is hot, Michelle isn't.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    They should get Howard Stern to boost ratings

    by SergeantStedenko

  • July 13, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I figured the AICN crowd liked Aerosmith.

    by gotilk

    The hatefest is surprising.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    gotilk no one is saying they hate aerosmith

    by walt

    toys in the attic is one of the most brilliant albums ever released but idol goes against everything that rock and roll stands for and that tyler would accept the gig in the first place, shows how much of a phony he is...and may always have been i would buy it if gene simmons was a judge...cuz gene and kiss were always a marketing ploy in fact, if they could talk him into it...and could come up with the money...they should get simmons...who, unlike tyler, would be brutally honest with all the contestants shit...hire the entire family as judges...for one year

  • On the other hand, they still get way more pussy at 60 than I will in my entire life.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Should definitely bring in Stern

    by gthmbt

    This way the ratings can go straight in the toilet like with AGT. Stern needs to go away already..

  • July 13, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Is it even worth going on?

    by Lummox JR

    The question is now, can they bring anyone in to save it? Idol started sucking pretty badly after Simon left, just because they didn't have the stones to show a healthy mix of bad auditions in with the good anymore. With the auditions boring, the show lost a lot of its appeal. I was hoping the change was a one-off but it repeated this last season. They don't necessarily need someone mean, but they do need someone willing to offer harsh criticism where it's deserved, and then bring back the suck in the audition rounds. But if the show does improve, they'll have to do some pretty serious advertising to win back anyone who abandoned it, because I decided after the last set of auditions I wouldn't waste my time on it anymore.

  • July 13, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by Extr3m1st

    Maybe now he can do something about those feet of his...omg.

  • July 13, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by gus4u2c

    Aerosmith is one my favorite bands by the way, but this crap about Steven Tyler shouldn't be on an Aintcoolnews board.

  • July 13, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by gus4u2c

    If I want to read about Steven Tyler leaving American Idol, I'll read Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, watch The Insider, E News, Hollywood Dailies. I love Aerosmith's music, but this crap about shouldn't be on this message board. Same goes for The Jersey Shore.