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Steven Tyler Says He Only Did 'American Idol' For The Money

July 30th, 2012 10:48pm EDT

Steven Tyler

Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler has parted ways with the American Idol producers by revealing the TV talent show wasn't all fun.

The "Love in an Elevator" singer quit the show after two seasons earlier this month - a day before fellow judge Jennifer Lopez followed him out the door - and he is now admitting he only agreed to sit alongside J.Lo and Randy Jackson for the cash, and to give his bandmates the chance to calm down after he announced plans for a hiatus.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest... not my cup of tea.

"I loved it and hated it. It was a great job, I sat next to J.Lo and I made a ton of money. It was a moment in life and it became larger than life."

But Tyler admits he didn't like the workload - or the prompting to be meaner, like Simon Cowell, the judge he replaced: "It was just hard work - seven-hour days and then I went and did the (Aerosmith) album for eight hours after that.

"The show's about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the p**s out of (mock) the kids and I don't have that in me. That's not what I'm about. That's more about that other guy (Cowell). Not me."


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