Originally Posted by Jarod M
She was actually around during one of the Simon seasons too. Evidently she doesn't want to do it full time, because I can't imagine she hasn't been asked by AI or X-Factor. It's not like she needs the money or the promotion, as Tyler and J-LO most certainly did.
I myself don't think Steven needed the money or the promotion .. based on interviews he's done both before and after he joined AI, I think he was uncertain in his commitment from the get go .. as he was in the negotiation phase, there was a lot going on with Aerosmith and quite a bit of backstory that tied in directly with his ultimate choice .. those issues have been ironed out since .. in fact, I believe Steven has known for some time he would call it quits and do what he does best .. after all, he's not got that many good years left .. a torn ACL in his knee, a broken blood vessel in his throat, a false brain tumor diagnosis, hepatitis C, his toes twisted up, broke his shoulder.. .. the real tell was when Joe Perry and Steven started being seen together more and more ..
Personally, I am glad to see him move on .. he's almost my age now, and I can tell you from personal experience that when you get to that point, you take a long, hard look at things .. and hope you make it to 70 ..
If AI is to survive in any way, shape or form, it needs to be completely refreshed .. I don't know who they will hire to judge, and frankly, I don't really care anymore .. like Steven, I'm probably going to move on as well .. the only thing that kept me in the last few seasons was seeing how he did .. and he was dismal ..