Cee Lo Green is leaving The Voice. He told Ellen DeGeneres on her show, on Wednesday, and said that he will miss coaching the hopeful contestants.
However, it’s not completely bad news for fans of the artist. He is in talks with network NBC to arrange his own show. There are also some talks to organize his own talk show, at some point. He is also continuing his music career, which he kept up with while on the show.
DeGeneres asked whether this was just a break, like before. He and Christina Aguilera have taken time out in seasons four and six. However, he made it very clear that his decision was to leave the show completely. He explained that there is still so much he still wants to do, and does not want to feel like he’s worn out his welcome.
Green also still has some legal problems to deal with. He recently pleaded not guilty to charges of ecstasy possession and sexual assault on a woman. The sexual assault charges were, eventually, dropped by the prosecution, but he is still facing the drug charges.
The singer was on the Ellen DeGeneres Show with Lionel Richie, who is touring with him on Richie’s All the Hits All Night Long tour. They were there to discuss their tour when Green made the announcement that he would be leaving The Voice for good.
Part of the reason for leaving is that he wants to concentrate on his music – similar to the reason Jessie J gave when she left the UK’s version of the same show. His last album release was four years ago, and he’s almost finished with his latest one. He does thank the network and the show for giving him the “altitude and incentive” to continue to entertain in his own way.
Paul Telegdy, president for the late-night programming on NBC, acknowledged that The Voice was successful partly because of Green. He agreed that the two would work together to create future, hopefully successful, projects. NBC aims to tap into his entertainment and musical expertise for the various projects it has in mind.
There is no news on who will take his place on the show for good. The sixth season is starting on Feb. 24, which will have Shakira back in his place, like she took during his break in season four. She may take over his place, permanently, but the Latin singer and the network will have to discuss that possibility.
The most current statement from Green is completely different to the statement he gave in January, during the winter press tour for the Television Press Association. He told reporters that he would return if the network would have him. However, he did also acknowledge that he had other projects and ambitions that would need his undivided attention. The hints seemed to suggest that he was going to take a bit of a longer break, but it now turns out that Green has decided it is time to leave The Voice completely.
By Alexandria Ingham