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“Steven Tyler is a real `Idol,’ a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on `American Idol,’ I would have thought it impossible,” Fuller said in a statement. “The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud. I completely understand his desire to get back to his life as the singer in America’s greatest-ever rock band. `American Idol’ will miss him!”

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AP Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this report from Los Angeles.

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Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the AP’s music editor. Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi

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