“I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back,” he said.
“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 continued to prattle on happily as he executed his Lopez end run.
Lopez’s appearance on NBC’s “Today” came hours before Tyler’s announcement. On her latest stop on her It’s So Hard to Decide Whether to Return to “American Idol” Tour, she confided that she loved doing “Idol” but that the schedule is busy and there are so many other things she has not been able to do because of her “Idol” time constraints — movies, another album, etc.
“At the end of the day, whichever way, it’s a heartbreaking decision if I’m going to have to go,” Lopez emoted, Gloria Swanson-y.
“Like I said, I’ve just enjoyed it so much. But I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do,” she teased before adding: “But then again, I’ve really love the show. So . . .”
Yeah, whatevs, J-Lo.
Back to Tyler: Basking in His Moment, he swore that his next few years would be dedicated to “kicking some serious [heinie] — the ultimate in auditory takeover.”
He then threw in a plug for Aerosmith’s new album, which he promised to unleash as far away as Mars. He added that “ ‘Idol’ was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it. . . . Now it’s time to bring Rock Back.”
And then he left fans with a parting thought: “ERMAHGERD.”
The most recent season of “Idol” wrapped in May with the smallest finale audience on record. After that, Fox programming chief Kevin Reilly and Chase Carey, chief operating officer of Fox parent NewsCorp, said there were changes in store for the show, and there has been much speculation as to who, if any, of the show’s three judges would be back.
The Reporters Who Cover Television — having grown weary while trying to cull fact from fiction when covering competition series judge casting — decided instead to plant their flag in every name out there.
Former “American Idol” non-winner Adam Lambert was a heavy favorite. Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey and will.i.am are also on the growing list. TMZ even contributed Charlie Sheen and Jerry Lewis’s candidacies, as leaked to the celebrity site by no less a source than “Idol” exec producer Nigel Lythgoe — though TMZ did decide to note that Lythgoe might possibly be kidding.
The long-running singing competition last underwent a major shake-up in fall 2010, when host Ryan Seacrest unveiled Tyler and Lopez as the show’s new judges. They were replacing Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell — who had announced his departure to work on launching the show he hoped would take down “Idol.” Randy Jackson would be the only surviving judge.