Blake Shelton is ready to leave the swivel chairs of NBC’s The Voice and will retire as the show’s longest-serving coach after season 23.
“I wrestled with this for a while and decided it was time for me to retire after the next season of ‘The Voice,'” he announced on Instagram on Tuesday. “This show has changed my life for the better in every way and will always feel like home to me.”
Shelton, who has been with the singing competition program since it began in 2011, thanked nearly everyone who has been a part of his year-long journey on the hit series. He thanked the staff and producers at NBC, his wife and fellow coach Gwen Stefani, and host Carson Daly.
During his tenure, Shelton has produced a handful of rising stars, beginning with New York singer Jermaine Paul, who won the show’s second season in 2012 under the country singer’s tutelage. Also victorious under Shelton’s coaching were Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, Craig Wayne Boyd, Sundance Head, Chloe Kohanski and Todd Tilghman. Cam Anthony was the youngest musician to win “The Voice” under Shelton.
“I have to give a huge credit 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 have chosen me to be their coach.” Shelton continued in his Instagram post.
The Grammy-nominated country music singer has been a mainstay for “The Voice” while fellow musicians have come and gone as coaches. Shelton appeared alongside Adam Levine, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande.
Shelton’s farewell season, debuting in 2023, will also feature some new faces. Concurrent with Shelton’s announcement, NBC announced that Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan will serve as coaches alongside Shelton and Clarkson.
He ended his Instagram statement by thanking viewers who tuned in to “The Voice,” which won its eighth Emmy Award in September.
“It’s about all of you, the fans that watch and support these artists, us coaches and everyone at The Voice chasing our dreams,” he said. “It doesn’t work without you!”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-10-11/blake-shelton-leaving-the-voice-after-12-years His reign is over: Blake Shelton is leaving ‘The Voice’