Steven Tyler Thinks His American Idol Stint Was Just M’Okay

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Professional singer, judger of singers, author, and rumored (my rumor) amateur street musician Steven Tyler recently told Rolling Stone that his time on American Idol was just medium good, because, even though he made a whole pile of money from the TV gig, he hated having to shit all over contestants’ dreams.

“It was something to do while the storm blew by,” said Tyler, explaining how he took a spot on the judges’ panel so that his Aerosmith bandmates could mellow out after he announced that he’d be taking a hiatus. “I loved it and hated it,” he added. “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.” Tyler really took issue with the workload (it was heavy), and with the way producers encouraged him to amp up the mean when judging Idol hopefuls. “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. That’s not what I’m about. That’s more about that other guy [Cowell]. Not me.” [L.A. Times]

Psst, want to know Kelly Ripa‘s amazing beauty secret? Botox, lots of botox, or at least that is what she was overheard telling a fellow beachgoer in the Hamptons on Saturday. “I work out absolutely every day,” Ripa reportedly revealed. “I don’t overeat. I try to drink water but I prefer wine, and when all else fails, I get Botox injected right here, right into my forehead, as much as possible.” That sounds like a pretty rigorous regimen, but the parakeet I’ve taught to infiltrate the homes of celebrities so it can repeat all of their darkest secrets also mentioned something about Kelly Ripa gradually absorbing what remains of Regis Philbin‘s life force as a way to maintain her youthful look. [HuffPo]

21-year-old Scout Willis, of the Bruce Willis Willises, has been sentenced for not-so-deftly flashing a fake I.D. in New York so she could drink while it was still dangerous and exciting back in June. The ne’er-do-well Willis will have to complete two whole days of community service and stay out of trouble for six months according to a deal she worked out with prosecutors who really had a chance to bring the hammer down on underage celebrity progeny drinkers. [TMZ]

Months after Cuba Gooding, Jr. walked into an Albuquerque bar and allegedly started groping women faster than a lascivious octopus, the actor has apparently gotten into some more barroom trouble. New Orleans police say a warrant has been issued for Gooding Jr.’s arrest for allegedly shoving a bartender Tuesday morning at a bar in the French Quarter. Gooding Jr. is in New Orleans shooting The Butler, which is a movie that presumably doesn’t call for punching fine purveyors of booze, and also to work on his new Urban Outfitters book of jokes, Cuba Gooding, Jr. Walks Into a Bar… [AP]

So where is Robert Pattinson, anyway? He’s definitely not partying in London, despite what some misleading photographs from 2011 would have you believe. [Us]

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