It’s the end of an era for The Voice and Blake Shelton. The Grand Ole Opry member announced on social media he is leaving The Voice after in 2023. Shelton is the only coach who has been with the reality TV talent show since its inception in 2011.
Shelton announced the news in a statement shared on social media.
“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 next season,” the singer shared. “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 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 [Daly] and every single one [of] my fellow coaches over the years, including my wife Gwen Stefani!” he continued. “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.”
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) October 11, 2022
Shelton concluded with a heartfelt message to his fans, who have made each season of The Voice possible.
“Lastly, it’s about y’all, the fans, who watch and support these artists, us coaches and everyone at The Voice who are chasing their dreams,” he concluded. “It would not happen without you!”
The news comes as The Voice also announced that Kelly Clarkson will be returning for Season 23 in 2023, Shelton’s final season, along with Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan.
When Shelton was first pitched the idea of The Voice, after Reba McEntire first passed on the role, he thought the idea would never work. He never could have predicted that not only would he stay with the show for 23 seasons, but that it would change his entire life and career.
“I would say a big turning point was becoming a coach on The Voice,” Shelton said on Access. “At the time, honestly, I didn’t know if that was going to be something people made fun of, or if the show was going to be a huge hit. I mean, the idea was so stupid. They sent us this video of what the show was going to be. You sit in your chairs with your back to the artist, and you hit a button.
“And now, that seems tame compared to what we have on TV,” he continued. “Now, I saw a show on TV the other day where they’re wearing these big costumes, and Hamburgler’s coming out. It’s like, The Voice seems pretty down the middle now. So there’s no question that was the difference-maker for me.”
The Voice airs on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.