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Blake Shelton Reveals the Best—And Worst—Parts About Working With Kelly Clarkson

The same answer to two different questions! Watch Shelton and Clarkson on The Voice on NBC.

By Jackie Manno
Blake Shelton's Final Season Definitely Isn't All About Him | The Voice | NBC

Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson are going head to head in Season 23 of The Voice, and in an interview with NBC Insider, Shelton discussed how he feels about his last time working with her on the show.

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“The worst part about working with Kelly Clarkson is…that I still have a few weeks left,” he said in a sentimental moment.

However, he wasn’t quite done there.

“And I would say the best part about working with Kelly Clarkson would be that…I mean, I only have a few weeks left, and it's over,” he joked.

Clarkson herself also talked about the dynamic between herself and Shelton on The Voice to NBC Insider.

“The best part about working with Blake Shelton on The Voice is you laugh a lot. He's one of the funniest people I know. He's hysterical,” she said.

Clarkson then, of course, had to get a playful jab in. 

“The worst thing about working with Blake Shelton on The Voice is… he is a liar,” she added with a giggle. “So that's hard to navigate because people still believe him when he's lying. Whatever. It's your choice. It's a choice.”

Then, in a more emotional tone, Clarkson talked about Shelton’s last season. "I actually have been talking to Blake a bit about this being his last season. And I'm like, 'It's not gonna hit you until afterwards. It's gonna hit you. It's been a part of your life for so long. And it's gonna hit you after,'" she said. "I think he knows that, but I also think he knows that it's time. He's been doing it a long time, and I think it's a really cool way that we all know he's leaving so we get the time to, like—I mean, I can't stand him, but I also love him. So we get the time to actually, like, lift him up and say how great he is. He is the ultimate Coach on this show. Everybody knows that. He's won the most, and he, honest to God, helps the Artists afterwards. And it's an incredible thing that he's done for so many Artists. It's a loss for The Voice."

Shelton announced that Season 23 of The Voice will be his last in October 2022. “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,” he said in a statement. “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."

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