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Steven Tyler Leaves 'American Idol'

The Aerosmith singer says he is exiting before the show 'boils my rabbit' and is returning to his band.

Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler
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Steven Tyler has bowed out of American Idol.

The longtime frontman of Aerosmith has been on a judge on the show for the past two years, joining with Jennifer Lopez following the exit of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.

"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,” he wrote in a statement. "I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I’m back--but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I 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," he continued. "Idol was over the top fun, and I loved every minute of it…Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD.”

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Said Simon Fuller, the show's creator and executive producer: "Steven Tyler is a real ‘Idol,’ a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on American Idol, I would have thought it impossible. The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud. 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."

Tyler might be joined in exodus by Lopez, who said Thursday that it may be time for her to leave, as well.

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The news comes one day after Tyler said Music From Another Dimension, Aerosmith's first album in eight years, has been pushed from an August release to November. The album will feature the band's classic lineup of Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer. Aerosmith is touring this summer with fellow '70s rockers Cheap Trick. The bill hits the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 6, and Aerosmith also was announced this week as one of the acts at Clear Channel Media's second iHeartRadio Music Festival in September at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Aerosmith’s signing to Columbia Records, having formed in Boston in 1970. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has won four Grammys, boasts 18 platinum albums and eight Top 10 singles and ranks as the 13th-biggest-selling act in U.S. history, with more than 66.5 million albums sold. 

Watch Aerosmith perform "Walk This Way" during the 2006 Super Bowl halftime show with guests 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly and Mary J. Blige.