"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 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 – 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."
"Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller added, "I completely understand his desire to get back to his life as the singer in America's greatest-ever rock band. 'American Idol' will miss him!"
As previously reported, "American Idol" runner-up and former Wicked star Adam Lambert is in talks to be a judge on the upcoming season.
According to E! Online, Lambert, who placed second on the eighth season of "Idol," has been in talks for over a month to join the series. The site also reports that current judge Jennifer Lopez has no plans to return for the upcoming 12th season.
"As of this moment in time, we are still in negotiations as we are with everybody. Everything is up in the air," Nigel Lythgoe, the show's producer, told E! "There will be changes for sure, but nothing that stops it from what it is, which is an out and out talent show." The reality show, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, is currently judged by Lopez and Randy Jackson. Former judges have included Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.
The singing program has been a launching pad for several performers who have played Broadway.