Steven Tyler Quits “American Idol” — Jennifer Lopez “Thinking It’s Time to Go”

Stick a fork in ’em! After two years with American Idol, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez think the time has come for them to move on from the aging talent show.

Tyler is bidding farewell to Idol to rededicate himself to Aerosmith, the legendary rock band he’s fronted for more than 30 years. In a statement from Fox issued Thursday, Steven said:

“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. 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. ERMAHGERD.”

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Jennifer addressed all the exit buzz as she appeared on NBC’s The Today Show this morning. There has been much speculation about the news, with JLo dropping subtle hints over the last few months. But she made it quite clear in her interview that she’s made up her mind about Idol’s 2013 season:

“You know, I signed on to American Idol to do one year and I wound up doing the two years. And now it’s like, ‘OK, do we continue on this journey?’ I’ve loved it so much. I enjoy the show so much. I enjoy just the whole process of the show and the whole thing,” she began.

“I love everybody, I love the guys, but I am thinking it’s time for me to go and do other things I love to do like films and journeys. I think it’s time for me to go. It’s a huge decision, but I have to say there are so many things I do that I put on hold for that. It’s a heartbreaking decision if I have to go.”

Today’s departures leaves original judge Randy Jackson as the lone pundit still on the judging panel. Former Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, femcee Nicki Minaj and trouble magnate Charlie Sheen have reportedly been eyed as potential judges.

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