Blake Shelton, the final original coach of NBC's The Voice, is departing the show after 23 seasons. On Tuesday (October 11), Shelton revealed he’ll be leaving following the conclusion of next season, which airs this upcoming spring.
“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,” he wrote. “I’ve made lifelong bonds with [host] Carson [Daly] and every single one of my fellow coaches over the years, including my wife Gwen Stefani!”
Shelton went on to shoutout the singers on the show as well as the people who tune in to watch the program. “It would not happen without you,” he wrote.
Shelton has appeared on The Voice since its first episode in 2011, when the show premiered with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green as coaches. Levine follows Shelton as the second longest-serving coach of the show. He departed after Season 16 in 2019.
Next season – Shelton's last – will see the addition of new coaches Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper, and returning coach Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson returns to the show after having missed season 22 after nine seasons, while Gwen Stefani, Camila Cabello, and John Legend are being replaced. “See you in 2023 @niallhoran @blakeshelton @kellyclarkson @chancetherapper,” The Voice posted on its Instagram account.
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Article Image: Blake Shelton at the 7th annual ACM Honors in 2013. (s_bukley via DepositPhotos.)