American Idol Apologizes For Steven Tyler—Is He Ready To Go Live?

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American Idol opened with an apology for Steven Tyler‘s “outrageous behavior” last night, which begs the question: what about Steven Tyler isn’t outrageous? Turns out the hubbub was in reference to the new judge telling would-be contestant Jake Muck that his name “rhymes with something.” Woah—and Charlie Sheen‘s the one in rehab?? Actually, considering that Steven previously introduced us to the couplet “breathe fire and save matches/ f— a duck and see what hatches,” we have to assume the “apology” was a little tongue in cheek—and Steven’s certainly got cheek.

Fun aside, the real question is how Steven will handle it when the show goes live. Even with a couple seconds delay, it’s not like they can throw a logo over his mouth if a contestant inspires him to quote a bathroom wall again. The Aerosmith singer’s cunning linguistics are certainly more exciting than anything coming out of Randy Jackson‘s mouth, but last night’s “apology” might not be so funny to producers if he does something really naughty.

See the apology—and the offending meeting with Mr. Muck—after the jump.

Think he’ll be able to restrain himself if James Blunt does a guest spot?

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