On Thursday, Steven Tyler confirmed that he's leaving American Idol after just two seasons as a judge on the FOX smash; earlier in the day, Jennifer Lopez hinted (as long suspected) that she's splitting as well.
Now, a source tells Us Weekly that Tyler and Lopez's fellow judge Randy Jackson is also making a big move -- with plans to leave the judges' panel but remain involved with a mentoring role on the show.
Tyler, 64, explained of his sudden departure in a Thursday statement: "After some long…hard…thoughts…I've decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress 'American Idol' before she boils my rabbit . . .I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I'm back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I've got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band."
He added: "IDOL was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it."