After fours years on the Reality TV show, The Voice, Cee Lo Green has decided not to return. Though he was expected to take the upcoming sixth season off again, like he and Christina Aguilera had in season four, he has confirmed that he will not be back at all now. This time he will leave for good to explore other options.
Green made the announcement when he appeared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday. He had not intended to share the news at that point, but once he did and DeGeneres reacted with surprise, he began sharing more details.
He cited his reason for leaving The Voice has more to do with a new music show and his own talk show than anything. He has several opportunities in the works with NBC for later this year.
In addition to his ventures in TV, Green has been working on his music career. He is finishing up his first album to be released in four years. He got his first real break while singing in the duo, Gnarles Barkley. The song Crazy reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. At that time, he gained a lot of popularity on YouTube, which helped him launch his solo career. His solo album was released in 2010 with the radio edited song, Forget You, which also landed at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He has earned five Academy Awards.
Green is also planning to tour as a special guest with Lionel Richie this summer. The tour will last from May to August and cover U.S and Canadian venues. Richie appeared with Green on The Ellen DeGeneres Show when he made the announcement.
He confirmed his departure from the The Voice in a statement on Wednesday, stating that it was an amicable decision between him and the executives at NBC. Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late-night programming, said that Green was a big part of the show’s success and they plan to use his talents in other projects.
Green was one of the original judges on the reality singing show when it aired in 2011, along with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera. He was a fan favorite because he coached the singers with a passion that could not be matched. He treated contestants like family and created a real bond with them. He gave thought-provoking statements to help singers learn and grown, even when they were not on his team. He was also known for wearing some crazy costumes and wigs to draw attention to himself. Rather than wearing out his welcome on The Voice, he explained, he decided not to return as a coach at all.
As the sixth season kicks off without Green, as planned, on Feb. 24, Shakira and Usher are returning to fill the void. Meanwhile, he is set to appear on the season finale of Treehouse Masters, which airs on Animal Planet on Feb. 21.
Green said that his experience on The Voice has given him the “altitude and incentive” to explore his career options in his own unique way. Though he has taken a break from the show in previous seasons, this time he is quitting and leaving the show for good.
By Tracy Rose