It looks like Fox’s upcoming revamp of American Idol will not be one of choice after all. Steven Tyler has officially quit the show releasing a statement earlier today that reads, ““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. 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.”
In other words, the rock star gets more than enough money from performances to make whatever the broadcaster throws his way not enough. It is strangely refreshing though to see a departure from the show that does not seem to be about money so the former sentence is said with a side of sarcasm. The news about American Idol’s off-season changes has remained centered around Jennifer Lopez for the most part who is largely perceived to be releasing false statements about her desire to exit the show in order to up her bargaining power. It might work too because now that the Aerosmith front-man is gone, the reality series will be in full overhaul mode should Lopez quit as well.
This follows reports that the show’s producers have been testing the waters of adding another panelist, most notably in the form of Adam Lambert who has apparently already been in talks to join the show he was once a contestant on. The tabloids are reporting that a number of contenders are in the running including former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, but that one seems more like a fallback plan. That said, it is definitely going to be an interesting few months as American Idol’s decade-long run at the top might finally coming to an end.