LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Shelton, the last of the original panel of judges on “The Voice,” will leave the megahit U.S. version of the singing competition show after next season. The next season will be the NBC show’s 23rd and Shelton’s last.
“This show has changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me,” the country music star said in a statement Tuesday night. He said he had been “wrestling with this for a while.”
When “The Voice” premiered in 2011, Shelton was joined in the big red chairs by Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green. Celebrity judges like Pharrell, Shakira, and Miley Cyrus rotated in and out for subsequent seasons, but Shelton had been the constant. Levine had the second-longest tenure with 16 seasons.
“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,” Shelton said. “A special thanks to those who chose me to be their coach.”
Hosted by Carson Daly, “The Voice” is in the midst of airing its 22nd season. The Emmy-winning show also announced Tuesday night that Gwen Stefani, John Legend, and Camila Cabello will vacate their seats next season, replaced by Kelly Clarkson—another frequent judge—and first-timers Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper.
The show is also where Shelton met Stefani, his now-wife. The pop star and “No Doubt” frontwoman joined the show in 2014 for its seventh season and the pair began dating the next year, after he divorced Miranda Lambert and she divorced Gavin Rossdale. Shelton and Stefani wed in July 2021.
“I am so proud of you and so blessed to have found you. Your talent brings joy to the hearts of so many people and I am so lucky to be part of your life’s journey,” Stefani commented on Shelton’s Instagram post announcing his departure. Both are currently serving as judges, alongside Legend—in his seventh season on the show—and Cabello.