Steven Tyler on American Idol: Not For Me!

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When Steven Tyler departed American Idol last month, he said in a statement that he "loved every minute" of the experience.

But in a new Rolling Stone interview, the rocker sounds a very different tune.

Steven Tyler on Stage

“It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest,” Tyler tells the magazine, adding that he joined the panel mainly due to spats with his Aerosmith bandmates at the time.

Once he was actually on board, the singer says Idol just was “not [his] cup of tea.”

Tyler has nothing negative to say about Randy Jackson or Jennifer Lopez - or about taking home $10 million per year, we're guessing - but he really didn't enjoy criticizing aspiring artists.

“The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent," he said. "They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don’t have that in me. That’s not what I’m about.”

American Idol, of course has moved on from Tyler and from J. Lo. Mariah Carey has signed on, with Nick Jonas and Pharrell Williams both rumored to join her.


I thought Steven Tyler was a great judge and he tried to provide guidance to the young artist. I respect him for stepping down and not wanting to be the one to crush the dreams of others. He knows what it’s like and how hard it can be to get started and I wish him the best. I’ve enjoyed watching American Idol for the past five years and now I can skip all those annoying commercials too. I don’t care for commercials and with the Auto Hop feature this will no longer be an issue. I can skip the commercials once I enable this feature and continue to enjoy my primetime shows. One of my coworkers at Dish showed me how the Auto Hop feature works for commercial skipping. I'm going to be able to save some money on batteries because I no longer need to continually use the fast forward button every ten minutes.


American Idol has no chance with me on X Factor.

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]