CeeLo Green Leaving 'The Voice'
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
February 19, 2014
It's the end of a Voice era.
CeeLo Green just announced that he's leaving the hit NBC singing competition during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Wednesday, revealing that he does not plan to return to the show "at all."
"I'm going to miss The Voice too. So I'm not coming back guys," he told DeGeneres, adding that he didn't want to "wear out [his] welcome."
Green has been on The Voice for four seasons.
As for his future plans?
The 39-year-old musician will still be working with NBC, dishing that he has a television show development deal with the network and other talk show opportunities. He also will release another album.
"I have so many other things that I want to do. I haven't released an album in four years. I'm almost done with my album," he said.
Update: CeeLo released a statement Wednesday confirming his departure.
"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," he said. "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!"
The Voice returns on NBC starting Feb. 24.
Watch his bombshell announcement below.
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