After 12 years as the dominating coach on The Voice, Blake Shelton has announced he is stepping away.
On Tuesday, October 11, the country star took to social media to announce his departure following the end of season 23 next spring.
“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 country star wrote 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.”
He continued, ”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 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! I have to give a huge shoutout to the singers – the ‘Voices’ who come on this stage season after season and amaze us with their talent and a special thanks to those who chose me to be their coach.”
He concluded: ”Lastly, 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!”
With Shelton’s exit, The Voice also announced that Kelly Clarkson will be returning for Shelton’s last season meanwhile Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan will make their debut as coaches for the first time.
A premiere date for season 23 is yet to be announced, but watch season 22 of The Voice on NBC Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. with Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Camila Cabello and John Legend as coaches.