The Wrap is reporting that Cee Lo Green basically jumped from The Voice before he was pushed.
According to insiders, NBC was “blindsided” when the singer announced he would not return to the singing show as a coach on The Ellen Degeneres Show Wednesday.
Green’s decision to quit was a move to avoid being fired by NBC and producer Mark Burnett Productions, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.
Blindsided by the timing of his announcement, producers are unsure what to do with Green’s vacant coaches’ seat.
A second individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that NBC wanted to announce Green’s departure mutually with the singer but that Green decided he wanted to to do it on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Reportedly, Cee Lo’s 5th season was marked by at least one “meltdown.”
Burnett had to spend a lot of time with the emotional Green last season and on at least two occasions, the “F–k You” singer had to leave the set.
The general belief among the production was that he was feeling the weight of a legal case that could result in prison time.
The singer is accused of slipping a 33-year-old woman ecstasy while the pair was dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant in mid-July of last year. He’s charged with furnishing a controlled substance, a felony charge that carries up to four years in state prison.
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