Fans are probably going to miss his tongue-twisting terminology and his fashion flair, but is Steven Tyler going to miss "American Idol" more than he thinks? Since the Aerosmith frontman's departure from the Fox show, he's had a mouthful to say about it. So much so that we think he should go back!
Of course, there may not be room at the already-bloated judges' table, but the outspoken rocker already has himself embroiled in the upcoming season's cat fighting, which culminated in an all-out Twitter rant by new judge Nicki Minaj.
In July, Tyler told Rolling Stone why "Idol" wasn't his "cup of tea." "I loved it and I hated it," he said. "The show's about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids, and I don't have that in me."
Fair enough, and we assumed he would move on to the new Aerosmith album and tour.
Later, he was caught by a TMZ photographer, who asked him if he thought the caught-on-tape fighting between newbie "Idol" judges Nicki Minaj and Maria Carey was fake. "Of course! Are you kidding?" he scoffed, before adding that he "ain't never goin' back" to 'Idol.'"
But in September he told E News: "I wouldn't go back and be a judge, but I'd be a mentor. I loved the fact that you go through 700 people, and out of that, you really can pick someone that has talent, because they have to audition anyway. And I'm just grateful that Jennifer and I and Randy could pick people that wound up being so good." His response to what he thought of the new judges' lineup of Minaj, Carey, and country star Keith Urban? "We'll see what happens, right?" he said.
And now Tyler's talking about the replacement judges again. He recently told MTV that all of the contentious cat fighting -- real or faked -- needs to stop.
"I know that they've got something going on on the judges' panel, [and] it shouldn't be that," he said. "They should have something going on, which is called 'camaraderie.' They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that's trying to birth itself. It needs to be birthed, not judged by 'entertainment' factors, it needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the 'it' factor. Not the 'it' factor because they can fight."
Tyler doesn't seem to think Nicki Minaj has what it takes to be an "Idol" judge, as opposed to him and J-Lo, who plucked last season's winner out of obscurity. He said, "If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips."
Of course, Nicki Minaj promptly took to Twitter -- which she frequently does -- to fire off a series of angry tweets directed at the 64-year-old rock star.
First she wrote: "Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet!"
Later she added: "I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven't done anything to you. That's a racist comment."
And finally: "When Steven 1st went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike. Called a sell out. So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge."
Steven Tyler has yet to respond, but it's safe to assume we haven't heard his last "Idol" opinion.
The 12th season of "American Idol" premieres in January on Fox.
More from this contributor:Life after 'American Idol': What the former judges have to say
- Arts & Entertainment
- Steven Tyler
- Nicki Minaj
- American Idol