February 3rd, 2011
12:03 PM ET
OK, "American Idol," you got us...we think.
Fans waited to see what the big apology would be Wednesday night after host Ryan Seacrest tweeted the producers would be issuing a mea culpa.
The show began with a black screen with the words, "American Idol would like to apologize for last week's outrageous behavior by Steven Tyler. Mr. Tyler has been warned and assures us it will never happen again."
It then cut to aspiring contestant Jake Muck entering the room for his audition. Judge Steven Tyler asked, "You know what Muck rhymes with don't you?" to which Jake responded, "Duck?"
Cut back to Tyler, who said "Read my lips" before the show launched into its intro.
It appears to have been a joke, given that "Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe tweeted, "Wow, there is a huge lack of humor out there!! Hey you guys, don't take things too seriously, especially my shows. Smile or 'Go **** a duck'" when fans questioned whether the apology was sincere or not.
Tyler has taken a few hits in the media and on message boards so far this season for his behavior, which has included leering at attractive females who have auditioned and a liberal use of blue language.
Did you find the "apology" funny?