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Every Judge Who Left 'American Idol' & Why - Find Out the Real Reason Why Stars Said They Were Leaving the Show

American Idol is a cultural institution.

The reality TV competition show – which kicked off as Pop Idol in the U.K. before launching in America in 2012 – has since spread all around the world with a bunch of international versions, all boasting major superstars for judges.

After airing on Fox from 2002 to 2016 for 15 seasons, it was on hiatus for two years until 2018, when a revival of the series began on ABC, and it’s aired ever since.

Over the years, plenty of talent has judged and mentored the contestants all the way to the top. And one by one, all of them have eventually left the show to go on and do other things – even the last remaining original judge from the U.S. series.

We’ve rounded up all of the judges who have since departed from American Idol, along with the explanations they’ve given for why they left the show.

Scroll through to see every judge who left American Idol and why…

'American Idol' Judges Ranked By Who Appeared on the Most Seasons (Including Several Judges You Probably Forgot About!)

There have been 20 seasons of American Idol so far (with another coming next year) and throughout those two decades, there have been 14 different people who have sat behind the judges table.

The longest reign in the judges chair is 12 seasons while three different judges only appeared on one season. We bet you totally forgot that some of these people were even on the show!

Another fun fact is that only three seasons of American Idol have had four judges while the other 17 seasons all had just three judges.

One thing that has remained constant throughout all 20 seasons is that Ryan Seacrest has been the host every single year. The first season he co-hosted with Brian Dunkleman and then he was a solo host for the remaining 19 seasons.

Click through the slideshow to see who appeared on the show for the longest span of time…

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Enters Rehab - Read the Statement

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has voluntarily checked himself into rehab, the band announced.

Some shows have been canceled as a result as Steven recovers.

Click inside to see the statement about what happened…

Steven Tyler & Girlfriend Aimee Preston Share Kiss at Grammy Awards Viewing Party!

Steven Tyler shares a sweet kiss with his girlfriend Aimee Preston while hitting the red carpet at his 2020 Grammy Awards Viewing Party presented by Live Nation at Raleigh Studios on Sunday (January 26) in Los Angeles.

The 71-year-old Aerosmith front man hosted the viewing party for the third year in a row to benefit Janie’s Fund, his organization in partnership with Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.

Also in attendance at the viewing party was Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel, America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews and his wife Rebecca King-Crews, singer Haley Reinhart and model Camila Coelho.

That same evening, Steven and his Aerosmith bandmates teamed up on stage with Run-DMC at the 2020 Grammy Awards for a collaborative performance.

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Aerosmith's Joey Kramer Joins Band to Accept Award After Being Blocked from Performing

Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer pose with their awards at the 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year held at Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night (January 24) in Los Angeles.

Joining them were bandmates Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, and Tom Hamilton.

Aerosmith was honored with the Person of the Year Award at this year’s MusiCares Gala during Grammys weekend. The band blocked Joey from performing with them at the event due to a temporary disability that would reportedly not allow him to perform at an “appropriate level.” He then sued the band for breach of contract, but the judge turned down his request to perform at the event.

Joey was allowed to attend as a guest and honoree, but left the stage after the band accepted the award.

“They are brothers. They refer to each other as brothers and they even fight like brothers,” the group’s lawyer Dina LaPolt said while introducing the band.

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Aerosmith Reacts to Joey Kramer Suing Band Ahead of Grammys (Report)

Aerosmith is responding to member Joey Kramer reportedly filing a lawsuit against them for excluding him from their 2020 Grammys performance.

The 69-year-old drummer says his fellow members – Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford – are not letting him rejoin the band following a temporary disability, which has never been done to any of them, TMZ reports.

Joey reportedly suffered minor injuries in spring 2019, and when he felt he was ready to return, he was asked to audition to prove his could “play at an appropriate level.”

Joey says that the stress of the situation had “significant repercussions” to his health, and he wound up in the hospital in November, requiring him to cover the cost of a replacement drummer.

When Joey finally auditioned in early January, the band did not let him rejoin.

Aerosmith says they tried to get Joey back for months, but that he couldn’t get it together in time and always backed out.

Joey Kramer‘s legal team has requested that a judge allow him to rehearse with the band (rather than with a “click track”), but no final decision has been made. The case will be revisited on Tuesday (January 21).

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Rob Lowe Says Steven Tyler Is a 'Big Part' of His Sobriety

Rob Lowe is giving a shout-out to a superstar who played a huge part in his recovery.

The 55-year-old Parks & Recreation actor opened up in an interview with reporters at the Television Critics Association on Tuesday (January 7) while promoting 911: Lone Star.

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“When I first got sober, [I thought], ‘My life is over. The fun is done. I’m not going to be cool,’” he admitted.

“I was probably sober two or three weeks maybe and I got a phone call from Steven Tyler, who I did not know. He called me and said, ‘I heard you’re in recovery and I just wanted to say hey, you’re going to do great.’ I thought, ‘If it’s good enough for Steven Tyler, it’s good enough for me.’

“He’s a big part of who I am today,” he went on to say.

“I was so excited that I could still be cool and not have to be the life of the party. And that there was a great club of people in the world who have had fun, killed it, been there done and were willing and able to turn a new page and have an even better life. That’s actually more fun and more exciting,” he told People.

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