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Blake Shelton Confirms Season 23 of The Voice Will Be His Last

It's the end of an era.

Blake Shelton Judges This Season's Coach Gifts | NBC's The Voice 2022

The self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. of The Voice will be retiring his red chair. Yes, it's been announced that Season 23, airing in 2023, will be Blake Shelton's last. The news comes as it was revealed that Season 23 will also have a new panel of Coaches: Kelly Clarkson will return after a hiatus alongside newcomers Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper. 

Shelton has been a Coach on The Voice since the first season in 2011, when he was a part of the original cast with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green. He's offered his musical expertise on every episode since. The country star proudly holds the title of most-winningest Coach in the show's history with eight victories for #TeamBlake: Season 2 (Jermaine Paul), Season 3 (Cassadee Pope), Season 4 (Danielle Bradbery), Season 7 (Craig Wayne Boyd), Season 11 (Sundance Head), Season 13 (Chloe Kohanski), Season 18 (Todd Tilghman), and Season 20 (Cam Anthony). 

But what's perhaps even more special? He met his wife, Gwen Stefani, while working on the show. They officially tied the knot in July 2021.

“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,” Shelton 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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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!"

Since no The Voice fan quite knows what it's like to watch without Shelton, it's an understatement to say he'll be missed. 

Watch The Voice on NBC Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c and next day on Peacock.

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