Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez leave ‘American Idol’

Judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez on American Idol




The Aerosmith singer and FOX announced Thursday (July 12) that Tyler won’t be part of the show’s 12th season in 2013.

“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,” he said. “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.”

“On Nov. 6,” he added, “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.”

He concluded, “Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD,” presumably meaning, “Oh my God.”

Just one a day after Steven Tyler announced his departure from the “American Idol” judging panel, Jennifer Lopez confirmed that she, too, will be leaving prime time’s most popular reality series.

Lopez called Ryan Seacrest’s morning radio show on Friday to break the news.

“I really was dreading this phone call with you,” she told him. “I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I’ve put kind of on hold because I love ‘Idol’ so much.”

In a phone interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Lopez had said she was saddened to hear that Tyler was leaving and that his departure would play a role in her decision.

“I can’t even imagine anyone else there right now because I’ve just spent two years sitting next to him,” she said. “I love Steven, and we became close during that time. We were a great support for each other, on an adventure that neither one of us knew what it was going to be. So it’s hard to hear that he won’t be doing it.”