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Friday July 13, 2012 3:35 am

Steven Tyler Quits American Idol

Steven TylerSteven Tyler has confirmed he is leaving American Idol.

The Aerosmith singer has been a judge for the past two series on the talent show - alongside Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson - but he has ruled out returning for the 12th season in order to concentrate on music again after he "strayed too far" from his band.

"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," he said in a statement.

Steven admits he "loved every minute" of his time on American Idol after having "over-the-top fun," but he is now committed to "bringing rock back" with the "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" hitmakers.

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