Steven Tyler Says 'Idol' Wasn't His 'Cup of Tea'

August 1, 2012 - 4:38 PM

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This Oct. 10, 2011 photo released by Fox shows "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler during auditions for the singing competition series in San Diego. Tyler, who quit the show, admits he liked the paychecks, but had a love-hate relationship with the show. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tyler says the series is “not my cup of tea.” Tyler tells the magazine he took the job because it was a good way to pass the time while he and his band mates worked out their behind-the-scenes conflicts. He also says he didn't have it in him to be negative to contestants. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker)

NEW YORK (AP) — Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler says he liked the paychecks on "American Idol" but had a love-hate relationship with the show.

He says in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine the Fox reality series isn't his "cup of tea." But he says it was a "great job" because he sat next to Jennifer Lopez and "made a ton of money."

Tyler announced last month he was leaving the show after two seasons to rededicate himself to Aerosmith. He says it was a lot to juggle the show with recording a new album.

Tyler tells the magazine he took the job because it was a good way to pass the time while he and his bandmates worked out their behind-the-scenes conflicts.

He also says he didn't have it in him to be negative to "Idol" singing contestants.

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