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Steven Tyler apologizes to Nicki Minaj for his 'American Idol' comments

Nov. 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM ET

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Former "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler is sorry that Nicki Minaj found comments he made about her to be racist. "I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki," the Aerosmith rocker said Tuesday on eTalk, a Canadian entertainment show.

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"But I am the farthest from (being a racist)," he said. "I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don't know where she got that out of me saying I'm not sure how she would've judged Bob Dylan."

Minaj was outraged after Tyler told MTV he thought the "Starships" singer "would have sent (Dylan) to the cornfield" if he'd come on "Idol." But Tyler insisted he only meant, "if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would've been thrown off."

"Maybe I spoke out of turn," he said. "But a racist I'm not, Nicki."

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