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CeeLo Green leaves 'The Voice' to pursue other opportunities

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On the Feb. 19, 2014 edition of the “Ellen DeGeneres” show, CeeLo Green announced that he is leaving “The Voice” and will never return. CeeLo Green was a voice coach on the show for four seasons. CeeLo told Ellen, "I'm going to continue my relationship with NBC. 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 going to miss The Voice too. So I’m not coming back guys."

CeeLo posted this message on his website. “I'm officially announcing today that I won't be returning as a coach on The Voice cycle 7 in the Fall. 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. 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. Meanwhile, NBC and I plan to continue our relationship with several new co-ventures including a new music show, while we also explore our ideas for me to create and host a new show of my own. I will not go quietly into the night... expect more great music and entertainment done in my own unique unmistakable and undeniable way. The Voice has given me all the altitude and incentive to do just that. Thanks for the memories and make way for many more!”

So how will CeeLo fill his time now that he's no longer on "The Voice?" He will be joining Lionel Richie on an upcoming tour. He also said that it’s been four years since his last album and he is looking forward to finishing his new album.

According to the New York Times, Paul Telegdy, the president of NBC’s division overseeing reality programs, issued a statement: “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.”

During seasons 1 through 3 on “The Voice,” CeeLo was one of four mentors. He served with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera. In season 4, CeeLo and Christina sat out while Usher and Shakira filled in for them. CeeLo and Christina came back for season 5. Usher will once again be taking over for CeeLo in season 6.

NBC's "The Voice" season 6 returns to TV on Feb. 24, 2014 for a two-hour special starting at 7 p.m. central.

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