(AP) Steven Tyler exiting as ‘American Idol’ judge
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
AP Music Writer
Steven Tyler says he’s exiting “American Idol” to put rock `n’ roll first.
Tyler said he’s leaving the hit show after two seasons to rededicate himself to Aerosmith, the band he fronts. The rock star said he loved every minute on the hit Fox singing contest but added, “it’s time to bring rock back.”
The band is currently on a nationwide tour with Tyler and has an album due out in the fall.
Tyler’s “Idol” departure leaves original judge Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, but the singer-actress’ future with the show is cloudy.
In a phone interview with The Associated Press as the news about Tyler broke, Lopez said she was saddened to hear that he was leaving.
Lopez also said Tyler’s departure will play a role in her decision to stay or go. She has already expressed that there is a good likelihood that she will not be back.
AP Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the AP’s music editor. Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi