CeeLo Green leaving ‘The Voice’

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CeeLo Green leaving 'The Voice' (1)

CeeLo Green, who is one of the original four judges on the singing competition, won’t be returning to “The Voice” next year.

Green visited Ellen DeGeneres and revealed that he won’t be returning for a seventh season on “The Voice.” He said: “I don’t want to wear out my welcome. I have so many other things I want to do… I haven’t released an album in four years.”

Shortly after, NBC’ president of reality programming Paul Telegdy confirmed Green’s exit with a statement that read: “CeeLo Green has been an instrumental part of the success of ‘The Voice’ and we deeply appreciate all his contributions. We’re looking forward to working with him on other upcoming projects that will tap into both his musical and entertainment expertise.”

Green said in a statement that he’s “CeeLo also had a statement, saying he is “excited to be developing several other ideas with the network and my association with NBC remains strong.” He continued: “The Voice has been an immensely enjoyable experience for me and I can only hope I have enriched the lives of our viewers, the contestants, and the many friends I made there. I will always be there in spirit.”

The sixth season of “The Voice” starts Monday with judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton joining newcomers Usher and Shakira to the judging chairs. Green, on the other hand, is back to performing. He is scheduled to open for Lionel Richie, including at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 25.

Photos by: WENN.com

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