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Steven Tyler Says Sorry to Nicki Minaj, Sort Of

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 07:  Musician Steven Tyler arrives at premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" held at Disneyland on May 7, 2011 in Anaheim, California. Proceeds from the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

This week Steven Tyler belatedly weighed in on American Idol's present state, said Nicki Minaj would boot a talent like Bob Dylan, and got called a racist by Minaj. Here's the semi-apology, delivered on Canadian TV: "I'm the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. ... I was just saying that if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would have been thrown off. Maybe I spoke out of turn. But a racist I'm not, Nicki." But why is Idol being discussed as a place for Dylanesque talents?

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