While speculation has been at an all-time high this week as to whether or not Jennifer Lopez will return as a judge on "American Idol," news just came down that one of her counterparts is definitely out!
FOX just announced that Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler has opted to not return to the hit series for its 12th season in January.
“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," he continued.
"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.”
Tyler had acted as a judge for the past two seasons of the show, alongside J.Lo and Randy Jackson. No official word yet if either or both of them will return.
Season 12 of "American Idol" is set to debut in January 2013.
Click "Launch Gallery" above to see shots of Steven during his "Idol" days. Will you miss him? Vote in the poll below and tell us who his replacement should be!