“American Idol” fans had mixed opinions about Steven Tyler‘s addition to the judges’ table in the wake of Simon Cowell‘s departure. Turns out Tyler himself had mixed feelings about his time on the show, which lasted two years until his departure after Season 11.
“I loved it and hated it,” he tells Rolling Stone. “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 he was never really up for taking Cowell’s contentious role on the panel. “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. That’s not what I’m about. That’s more about that other guy. Not me.”
Tyler admits he took the job during a time when he was fighting with his Aerosmith bandmates, but now their relationship is better and he’s dedicating himself to his music. “It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest,” he says.