What would his fiancée say? Aerosmith's Steven Tyler returned to the American Idol judging panel this week. And in true rocker form, it didn't take the 63-year-old long to start doling out inappropriate "compliments." Where's Gloria Allred when you need her?
While Jennifer Lopez is clearly the eye candy of the American Idol operation (sorry, Ryan), Tyler has the potential to be the spark plug.
During his first year on Idol, Steven proved he was an invaluable new member to the panel, offering off-the-cuff remarks and colorful adjectives describing his favorite contestants. His crazy antics and unpredictable comments sometimes left Fox and A.I. bosses at odds.
So imagine the surprise of Idol aficionados when the newly-engaged Aerosmith frontman managed to go an entire two-hours (dhock and awe) without giving the censors a coronary.
Well, unless you count the part where he hit on a teenage girl… in front of her father.
In one of the most cringeworthy moments from Wednesday night's season premiere event in Savannah, Georgia, Steven caused jaws to drop when he delivered a peculiar compliment to Shannon Magrane, the 15-year-old daughter of '80s St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, Joe Magrane.
Magrane is 6 feet tall, wears a size 11 shoe -- and boasts vocal cords to match.
Add the barb to Tyler's lengthy list of memorable on-air infractions.
The "Dream On" rocker danced himself into Hot Water with Idol bosses last year, when he jokingly pointed out the similarities between the F-word and a contestant with the last name "Muck."
"You know what Muck rhymes with, don't you?" Tyler asked.
"Duck?" the crooner replied.
"Read my lips," Steve countered, mouthing the Grand Puba of the seven words you're not allowed to say on television.
"American Idol would like to apologize for last week's outrageous behavior by Steven Tyler," read the so-called "black apology," which crept across the screen during the next segment. "Mr. Tyler has been warned and assures us it will never happen again."
So much for that vow!
While Steven's loose lips may be making a relatively slow transition, things are looking mighty rosy in the other areas. Last month, Tyler told Access Hollywood that his life has changed dramatically since he signed on to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol in August of 2010.
More specifically, he can no longer roam about and go unnoticed and his band's album sales have gone through the roof.
"[Last season] it wasn't really accepted up front [with the rock community], mostly from my own bandmates because they didn't know what was going on with the Aerosmith thing at the end. But it's brought younger kids to our music anyway," he said, noting that the band's sales shot up 260 percent in 2011.
"It's like, 'Really?… I can't go anywhere anymore,'" Steven added.