After The Voice took a break last spring to make way for the American Song Contest, the series is back to it’s biannual schedule, after the new show under-performed in the time slot.
But as far as John Legend was concerned, The Voice had become a once yearly fall show on NBC, so he made other plans for the Spring. He told Entertainment Tonight. “We took a break last season because we had another show in our slot that the network tried — and I thought that was gonna happen this season, but it ended up that they wanted us back.” Oops!
Nevertheless, John has a full plate, with a new album, and his pregnant wife Chrissy Teigen set to give birth next year. “My family’s growing, I have a new album out, I’m gonna do a little bit of touring, and so it’s probably better that I take a break,” John explained.
Will John ever return to The Voice?
But fear not, Team Legend fans. “I’ll be back on The Voice,” John told ET, “just not this coming season.”
The spring lineup of The Voice includes the return of former American Song Contest co-host Kelly Clarkson, who will sit alongside new coaches, former X Factor UK and One Direction alum, Niall Horan, and Chance the Rapper.
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The big news for Season 23: Blake Shelton, who has coached every season of the show, will sit in his big read chair for the very last time.
Blake’s shocking statement
“I’ve been wrestling with this for a while, and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from The Voice after Season 23,” Blake said in a press statement about exiting The Voice. “This show has changed my life in every way for the better, and it will always feel like home to me. It’s been a hell of a ride over these 12 years of chair turns, and I want to thank everyone at The Voice from NBC, every producer, the writers, musicians, crew and catering people; you are the best.”
He continued, “It takes a lot of work, passion, and adult beverages (Ha!) to pull off a live show twice a week. I’ve made lifelong bonds with Carson and every single one my fellow Coaches over the years, including my wife Gwen Stefani! I have to give a huge shoutout to the singers–the ‘Voices,’ who come on this stage season after season and amaze us with their talent, and a special thanks to those who chose me to be their Coach. Lastly, it’s about y’all, the fans, who watch and support these Artists, us Coaches, and everyone at The Voice who are chasing their dreams. It would not happen without you!”