Steven Tyler: 'American Idol' Was "Not My Cup of Tea"

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the Aerosmith rocker says that being a judge on the hit FOX show was "something to do while the storm blew by"

It seems like Steven Tyler was only telling half the truth in his statement announcing his departure from American Idol. He left to pursue his "first love" Aerosmith, yes -- their new album Music from Another Dimension! is due out Nov. 6 -- but it turns out that the 64-year-old rocker didn't enjoy his two-season stint on Idol as much as he intimated.

"It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest," he tells Rolling Stone in a new interview, citing fights between the band members as the reason he joined FOX's hit reality show. In fact, he goes so far as to call American Idol "not my cup of tea."

That's a different sentiment than he expressed when he announced that he was leaving the show. In his statement, Tyler said, "Idol was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it.... Now it's time to bring rock back."

Tyler tells Rolling Stone that there are a couple of things he'll miss about Idol -- like working alongside Jennifer Lopez and cashing in a big payday (he reportedly got $10 million per season).

"I loved it and hated it," he says in the interview. "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."

In the end, though, Tyler's big grip with Idol -- that he didn't want to be the next Simon Cowell -- outweighed the positives.

"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," he says. "That's not what I'm about. That's more about that other guy. Not me."

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