2012 – Steven Tyler, Aerosmith, quit ‘American Idol’ for the following season on This Day in Rock Music History!
Tyler was quoted as saying, he wants to dedicate himself to his band, Aerosmith.
“I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back,” the band’s lead singer said in a statement.
“I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” Tyler added, in a reference to the thriller movie, “Fatal Attraction.” “I got two fists in the air, and I’m kicking the door open with my band.”
But the most recent season that ended in May had the lowest-rated finale in 11 years with just 21.5 million Americans tuning in to watch Phillip Phillips win the title and recording contract that comes with it. More than 30 million viewers watched the show’s finale in its heyday in 2006 and 2007.