In a “Voice” shake-up that maybe no one saw coming just 5 days before Season 6 premieres, original coach, Cee Lo Green, confirmed his exit from the reality competition Wednesday in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. Green had been with the show for three straight seasons before taking a break (with Christina Aguilera) to allow for Shakira and Usher to fill their seats. He returned for the show’s fifth season, which will turn to be his last. He and Aguilera are sitting out the upcoming sixth season, premiering Monday Feb 24 on NBC.
“I’m not coming back at all,” he told DeGeneres. “I’m going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television show development deal with them as well and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year. But yeah, I’m going to miss The Voice, too.” Check out his announcement below and let us know what you think about his exit!
Cee Lo took to his official website to make an official statement.
“I’m officially announcing today that I won’t be returning as a coach on The Voice cycle 7 in the Fall. There are numerous reasons that led to this decision, which has been amicably reached with NBC, but I’m excited to be developing several other ideas with the network and my association with NBC remains strong. The Voice has been an immensely enjoyable experience for me and I can only hope I have enriched the lives of our viewers, the contestants, and the many friends I made there. I will always be there in spirit. Meanwhile, NBC and I plan to continue our relationship with several new co-ventures including a new music show, while we also explore our ideas for me to create and host a new show of my own. I will not go quietly into the night… expect more great music and entertainment done in my own unique unmistakable and undeniable way. The Voice has given me all the altitude and incentive to do just that. Thanks for the memories and make way for many more!”
- CeeLo Green
I think we will all miss Purrrfect the cat.