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While he's not currently an active part of NBC's hit competition series, Mr. Shelton still finds ways to make his presence known among the current roster of musical mentors, which includes his wife: Gwen Stefani. On Tuesday night's episode, for example, Blake texted Gwen a Grizzly Adams-style update straight from their Oklahoma ranch: "I'm cutting loads of fire wood right now."
Reba (who inherited Blake's chair) sent her best wishes, while a slightly miffed Niall (last season's champion and current owner of Blake's "Pick Me" foam finger) remarked that Blake had yet to text him back.
Blake Shelton "stalks" John Legend on NBC's The Voice
In one of the interstitials separating blind auditions, returning Coach John Legend confessed that he was missing his "old buddy" — and former roommate — something fierce. "But sometimes," he added, "it feels like he is still here." And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the moment John Legend found himself stalked by a cardboard cutout of Blake Shelton.
Spooky? Yes. Hilarious? Also yes! Forget the jack o'lanterns, people — this year's hot Halloween decoration is Blake Shelton!
"Well, you know, he’s been doing this show for 22 Seasons, it’ll be 23 when he’s done, and you can’t do something forever,” Legend said last year following the announcement of Shelton's impending exit. "We're gonna miss him though. He's been the heart and soul and anchor of the show for a long time, and he's a friend of mine, and I really enjoy working with him."