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Jennifer Lopez Follows Steven Tyler's Lead, Quits 'Idol'

Jennifer Lopez Follows Steven Tyler's Lead, Quits 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Jennifer Lopez will exit television singing contest “American Idol” as a judge but could return as a guest, possibly as a mentor, she told the show’s host Ryan Seacrest in a radio interview on Friday.

Lopez had hinted as much on Thursday, when Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler revealed that he was leaving the Fox show, which has struggled notably against new NBC rival “The Voice.”

Tyler and Lopez became judges on the hit talent show in September 2010, joining record producer Randy Jackson, who has been on the show since it launched.

Tyler said Thursday he was returning to his first love — rock music.

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