Blake Shelton Announces Departure from The Voice After Season 23

Blake Shelton Announces Departure from The Voice After Season 23

This would soon be the end of the handsome era on The Voice.

On Tuesday, the country singer announced that the next season of the singing competition show would be the last, ending a streak of 23 consecutive seasons with the popular program.

“I’ve been wrestling with this for a while and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from The Voice after season 23,” the 46-year-old explained in an Instagram post.

“This show has changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me.”

Shelton, of course, knew his second wife, Gwen Stefani, as the latter also briefly served as a coach on The Voice; the couple celebrated a one-year birthday in July.

Shelton continued on social media:

“It has been a very grueling journey during these 12 years of changing seats and I want to thank everyone at The Voice of NBC, every producer, writer, musician, crew and caterer, you are the best.

“It takes a lot of work, passion and adult drink (Ha!) to do a live show twice a week.”

From there, the musician reflected on the relationship he forged at the NBC competition, while rewarding the contestants as well.

“I have formed a lifelong bond with Carson and every one of my co-coaches over the years, including my wife, Gwen Stefani!” wrote Shelton.

“I have to give a big shout out to the singers – the Voices who come on this stage season after season and amaze us with their talent and a special thank you to those who chose me to be their coach.”

Shelton began coaching the inaugural season of The Voice with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green.

Maroon 5 frontman and Shelton worked together on stage until Levine’s release in season 16… and various big names have filled the red seats since..

These include Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Usher, Ariana Grande Nick Jonas and many more.

During his tenure on the reality series, Team Shelton earned a total of eight wins.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Engaged
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In addition to Shelton’s departure, The Voice also announced this week who will coach alongside him for Season 23.

Kelly Clarkson will mark her return after leaving season 21, while Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan will make their debuts in the series.

NBC has yet to confirm a premiere date for season 23, but the ongoing season airs on NBC Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c today—with Shelton, Stefani, Camila Cabello and John Legend as coaches.

Blake concludes in his statement:

Lastly, it’s about all of you, the fans, watching and supporting these artists, us coaches, and everyone at ‘The Voice’ chasing their dreams.

It wouldn’t have happened without you!

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