To be fair, the legendary rocker was speaking in the past tense. But his words still probably pierce his “Idol” producers in the heart like a sharp dagger!

“I never wanted to do American Idol,” Steven Tyler told E! Online. “I turned around and said, ‘The show sucks.'”

What a way to say “thanks for the paycheck and renewed fame,” like dissing your own hit show.

Let’s see if he’ll be back next season after the Idol big wigs get a whiff of this!