With ratings down, and rumors long swirling that Jennifer Lopez wouldn’t return to “American Idol” for a third season, her admission earlier today that she thinks it’s time to move on, came as little surprise.
But what was a surprise and seemed to come as a bolt out of the blue, is the news just in that Steven Tyler has revealed he too will not be returning to the show.
“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,” Tyler said in a statement. “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. … The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass.”
Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox, said that it has been a “tremendous honor” to have Steven on the show. “We are very sad that Steven has chosen to focus more on his music,” said Darnell, “but we always knew when we hired a rock ‘n’ roll legend, he would go back to the music.” He added that they would love to see Tyler back on the show in the future.
Which brings us nicely to our segue: Is there a future for “American Idol”?