CeeLo Green has vacated his big red chair on NBC's "The Voice" before -- only this time, it's permanent.
The singer made the surprise announcement on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Feb. 19 that he will not return to "The Voice." Green completed his most recent cycle on the singing competition show in Fall 2013, his fourth on the show overall. Video of the announcement can be viewed below.
"I'm going to continue my relationship with NBC," he said. "I have a television show development deal with them as well, and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year. But yeah I'm gonna miss 'The Voice' too, I'm not coming back, guys. I'm not coming back at all."
Green added that his desire to release an album also contributed to his decision to not return to "The Voice" for future seasons. His last major studio release was 2010's "The Lady Killer," which featured the hit single "Forget You."
"I don't want to wear out my welcome there. I have so many other things I wanna do. I haven't released an album in four years, I'm almost done with an album ... I didn't mean to drop the bomb today."
Green served as a coach on "The Voice" consecutively for the show's first three seasons, along with Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. He took a temporary leave in season 4 of the show, during Spring 2013, to perform in a Las Vegas residency show titled "Loberace." Singers Usher and Shakira were added to the judging lineup in season 4, taking the place of Green and Aguilera, who also took a temporary leave. This will mark the first time a judge has left the show permanently.
NBC has not announced the lineup for "The Voice" beyond its current season 6, which will feature Levine, Shelton, Usher and Shakira as judges beginning Feb. 24.
NBC's president of alternative and late-night programming Paul Telegdy released a statement, obtained by People magazine, saying of Green's departure: "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 added in his own statement: "There are numerous reasons that led to this decision, which has been amicably reached with NBC, but I'm excited to be developing several other ideas with the network and my association with NBC remains strong. ... Thanks for the memories and make way for many more!"
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