By Hillary Busis
Updated August 01, 2012 at 02:18 PM EDT
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Where was this honesty during Idol‘s last season?

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, former American Idol judge Steven Tyler admitted that life at AI wasn’t always sunshine and Coca-Cola. “It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest,” he told the magazine, explaining that he joined the judging panel primarily because of spats with his Aerosmith bandmates. And once on the show, Tyler found that Fox’s reality juggernaut was “not [his] cup of tea.”

Though the rock star said he enjoyed working with fellow ex-judge Jennifer Lopez and taking home a fat paycheck — reportedly $10 million per season — Tyler wasn’t keen on criticizing the series’ fresh-faced contestants. “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,” he told Rolling Stone. “That’s not what I’m about.”

He also had trouble juggling long tapings with the recording of Aerosmith’s latest album, which will be released this November.

Tyler’s words stand in sharp contrast to what he said when announcing his Idol exit in mid-July. In a statement, the colorful front man called Idol “over-the-top fun,” adding that he “loved every minute of it.”

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