Blake Shelton left The Voice after 23 seasons as a coach.
Country singer and television personality Blake Shelton was a coach on NBC’s hit reality singing competition show The Voice since the inaugural season. With nine wins over 23 seasons, he proved that he was apt for the job and became a staple of the show. His last time in the iconic red chair was the finale of season 23 in May of this year. Reflecting on the bittersweet exit, Blake said:
“When we signed up for season 1, I don’t think any of us knew what this was going to be. These past 12 years I have made lifelong friends and memories. I’ve had the great opportunity to coach some really talented artists, 9 who have taken home #TeamBlake… Thank you to everyone… the crew, the coaches, the contestants, the fans, and my wife who have made these some really great years. Love y’all!!!!!!”
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Blake Shelton reveals that he meant to leave The Voice sooner.
In a new episode of The Jennifer Hudson Show, Blake Shelton discusses his life after The Voice. When asked by host and fellow former Voice coach, Jennifer Hudson, if he misses the show, his answer was simple, “Not yet.”
“To be totally honest about it, I wasn’t even planning on being there that long. I was planning on wrapping it up around 20 seasons or 21 seasons, and then obviously, COVID hit, and I didn’t want to walk out on the show in the middle of COVID and them trying to scramble and figure out what to do, so I stayed. I didn’t have anything else to do anyway. So I stayed a little bit longer.”
The Voice sent Blake Shelton his red coach’s chair to keep.
Jennifer Hudson asked Blake if he got a keepsake upon his departure from The Voice, admitting that she always wanted to keep one of the coach’s chairs to “spin around in.”
“I got my chair!” Blake happily shared. “I told them the one thing I wanted to take home from ‘The Voice’ was… I wanted my red chair. So they did, they sent me my red chair.”
See Blake’s full conversation on The Jennifer Hudson Show below!