Blake Shelton has revealed that the upcoming season of The voice will be his last.
“I’ve been struggling with this for a while and decided it was time for me to step away from ‘The Voice’ after Season 23,” Shelton said in a statement. “This show has changed my life in every way for the better and I will always feel like home.”
Shelton added: ‘It’s been one hell of a ride in these 12 years of chair bends and I want to thank everyone at ‘The Voice’ from NBC, every producer, writers, musicians, crew and caterers, you are the best. It takes a lot of work, passion and adult drinks to put on a live show twice a week.
Shelton was one of the original four coaches on The voicewith Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine, when it premiered on NBC in 2011. Green left the show after season 5, and Aguilera left after season 10, while Levine stayed on through season 16 before leaving the series in 2019.
Throughout his coaching tenure, Shelton has had eight team wins and 15 artists he has coached have had number 1 songs on the iTunes Top Songs chart.
Joining Shelton in his final season on the show will be new coaches Chance the Rapper and former One Direction member Niall Horan, alongside returning coach Kelly Clarkson and host Carson Daly for Season 23.
“I have formed lifelong bonds with Carson and each of my fellow coaches over the years, including my wife, Gwen Stefani,” Shelton continued in her statement. “I have to warmly thank the singers – the ‘Voices’ who come to this stage season after season and amaze us with their talent and a special thank you to those who have chosen me to be their coach.”
He added: “Finally, it’s about all of you, the fans, watching and supporting these artists, us the coaches and everyone at ‘The Voice’ chasing their dreams. This wouldn’t happen without you.
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