Longtime Coach Blake Shelton to Leave ‘The Voice’ After Season 23
The Voice announced the Season 23 coaching panel on Tuesday, including longtime coach Blake Shelton. However, Shelton himself made an announcement on social media sharing that he plans to leave the show after this upcoming new season.
Blake Shelton to Leave The Voice After Season 23
“I’ve been wrestling with this for a while,” Shelton wrote in his social media message, “and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from The Voice after next season.”
He went on to say that the show “has changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me.” Shelton has been a coach on every single season of The Voice so far, since its premiere in 2011. Artists on his team have won the show eight times over the years.
Shelton emphasized that he “made lifelong bonds” with host Carson Daly (who has been on the show as long as he has) and all of the coaches he’s worked with. He gave a special shoutout to his wife Gwen Stefani, whom he met on the show.
Shelton also shouted out the artists who have competed on the show, as well as the fans who watch week to week. As he wrote, “It would not happen without you!”
Who Are the Season 23 Coaches?
On Tuesday, The Voice announced that the coaches for Season 23 of the show would include Blake Shelton, returning coach Kelly Clarkson, and new coaches Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan. That means John Legend is stepping away for the first time since he joined in Season 16.
Clarkson took a break from the show in Season 22, after first becoming a coach in Season 14. She’s won the show four times over the years. Last season, she won with the sibling trio Girl Named Tom, who also became the first group to ever win the show.
Blind Auditions for Season 23 begin filming this week, so it makes sense that the show would announce the new coaches now. This puts the new season of the show on track to premiere in the spring, possibly moving back to a twice-a-year schedule.