February 19, 2014


Cee Lo Leaving 'The Voice': "I Don't Want to Wear Out My Welcome"

'Tis a sad day for fans of The Voice: Original coach Cee Lo Green announced he will not return to the hit singing competition. Despite soaring ratings, the Goodie Mob member told Ellen DeGeneres (above) he doesn't "want to wear out my welcome there." But don't worry: He's not leaving NBC entirely. 

"I have so many other things that I want to do," he explained. "I haven't released an album in four years. I'm almost done with my album," he said, referring to his fourth studio LP, tentatively titled Girl Power. (We're also hoping he reunites with Danger Mouse for a new Gnarls Barkley LP.)

Furthermore, the "Forget You" singer says he won't be away from TV screens for long.

"NBC and I plan to continue our relationship with several new co-ventures," he said in a statement. "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."

As one of the original Voice coaches, Cee Lo helped the singing competition become America's most-watched singing show. He and Christina Aguilera took off Season 4 and Season 6 to let Usher and Shakira take a turn in the swiveling red chairs. There has been no news about a Cee Lo replacement or if any other coaches will be leaving.