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CeeLo Green leaving 'The Voice' to tour with Lionel Richie

According to CNN on Feb. 19, CeeLo Green told Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show on Wednesday that he will not be returning as a coach on the singing competition show, "The Voice."

Ceelo Green leaving 'The Voice' to team up with Lionel Richie
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Green, 39, also made another announcement. Even though he will not be seen on "The Voice," fans still will be able to see him as he works on other projects. Green said:

"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."

Green appeared on the talk show along with singer Lionel Richie, with whom he will be touring. Ellen thought Green was talking about not returning next season, but Green clarified it by saying he will not return at all. He cited that he has a lot of other things he wanted to do.

Green also posted a message to fans on on his website.

"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."

Green was one of the original coaches of “The Voice” alongside Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, and the first to leave the show. He and Aguilera both sat out the fourth and sixth seasons when they were replaced by Shakira and Usher.

Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming at NBC said in 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.”

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