CeeLo Green revealed that he will not be returning to The Voice in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

CeeLo Green Announces End Of 'The Voice' Run

Green had been on the daytime talk show to discuss his upcoming tour with Lionel Richie with host Ellen DeGeneres. When Green began talking about his other upcoming projects, he let slip that his days on The Voice were behind him.

"I'm going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television show development deal with them and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year," said the producer and recording artist. "But yeah, I'm going to miss The Voice, too. I'm not coming back, guys."

DeGeneres, who was aware Green wouldn’t be on The Voice for season 6 – where Usher and Shakira will take the place of both him and Christina Aguilera – didn’t know his departure was permanent. "Oh, you're not coming back at all?" the stunned hosted asked.

"I'm not coming back at all," Green confirmed. "I just don't want to wear out my welcome there, you know what I'm saying? I have so many other things that I want to do. I haven't released an album in four years. I'm almost done with my album."

"I didn't mean to drop the bomb today,” Green added, realizing he’d just broken pretty major news.

Green & NBC Confirm He's Moving On

On Wednesday, Green further commented on his leaving the singing competition show in a formal statement:

"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!"

Paul Telegdy, the president of NBC’s alternative and late-night programming, also released a statement in regard to Green’s decision to pursue other avenues in his career. "CeeLo Green has been an instrumental part of the success of The Voice, and we deeply appreciate all his contributions,” Telegdy said. “We’re looking forward to working with him on other upcoming projects that will tap into both his musical and entertainment expertise."

Green served as a judge and coach on the The Voice during the show's first three seasons, as well as its fifth. The sixth season, with Usher, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will kick off on Monday, Feb. 24.

– Chelsea Regan

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