Rocker STEVEN TYLER has revealed he was far from honest when he was a judge on AMERICAN IDOL because he let too many singers he didn't care for make it through to the finals.
The Aerosmith frontman spent two seasons on the TV talent show alongside Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez before he quit last year (12) and now he admits that although he liked being a judge, he didn't have the necessary mean streak to tell wannabes they couldn't sing.
Appearing on shock jock Howard Stern's radio show on Wednesday (12Jun13), Tyler said, "The format was supposed to be take the p**s out of people, so it's good TV, and I was gentle because I couldn't imagine telling some girl... she sucks and she can't sing, so then for the rest of her life she's not singing."
Tyler also told Stern why he signed on for the show in the first place: "I took it because I was p**sed off at the band (Aerosmith). I fell offstage and nobody called me."
Prior to his debut on the show, Tyler checked into rehab to kick his substance abuse habit after falling offstage at an Aerosmith concert in Canada in 2010 and he also announced plans to temporarily leave the band.
He has since rejoined Aerosmith and is currently touring the world with the rock act.
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