Blake Shelton To Exit, ‘Step Away’ From ‘The Voice’ After Season 23
Blake Shelton will soon leave his red chair on “The Voice.” It comes as he announces his exit from the reality competition show for good.
In an official statement, released Tuesday, the 46-year-old country star stated that “it’s time for me to step away” from the show after its 23rd season. He also noted that he has “been wrestling with this for a while,” although he did not dwell on the details that led him to his decision.
In the same announcement, which he posted on his official Twitter account, Blake Shelton shared his thanks and appreciation, as well, toward the show. He also pointed out that the material, which he deemed "like a home" to him, has “changed his life."
Entertainment Tonight, in its report published on the same day, quoted the “Austin” artist, saying, “This show has changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me. It’s been a hell of a ride over these 12 years of chair turns and I want to thank everyone at ‘The Voice’ from NBC, every producer, the writers, musicians, crew, and catering people, you are the best.”
It continues, “It takes a lot of work, passion, and adult beverages (Ha!) to pull off a live show twice a week. I’ve made lifelong bonds with Carson and every single one my fellow coaches over the years, including my wife, Gwen Stefani!”
Blake Shelton also gives a “shoutout” to the singers in his statement. He referred to them as “the ‘voices’ who come on this stage season after season and amaze us with their talent,” adding “a special thanks to those who chose me to be their coach.”
In the end, the country singer addressed the fans of the show. He said, “it’s about y’all, the fans, who watch and support these artists, us coaches and everyone at ‘The Voice’ chasing their dreams. It wouldn’t happen without you.”
Blake Shelton’s statement about his exit comes a few minutes after “The Voice” revealed its new lineup of coaches for Season 23.
Aside from the “God Gave Me You” singer, fans and viewers of the reality competition show will also see Kelly Clarkson return to her seat following her brief hiatus.
The new and upcoming installment to the show will welcome two new coaches, as well, with Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan taking the spots.
NBC Insider, in its report revealing the new lineup, shared what the two artists had to say about their debut on the series.
Per the publication, the One Direction alum shared in a statement that he is “excited” to join the new season as a coach. He is also said to have revealed that he is “looking forward to meeting and mentoring the new crop of talent while we battle it out with the other teams.”
As for the “Cocoa Butter Kisses” singer, he reportedly noted in his statement that he is “thrilled to join ‘The Voice’ as a coach for the next season.”