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Why Kelly Clarkson Says Blake Shelton Is the ‘Ultimate Coach’ on The Voice

"It's a loss for The Voice," Clarkson said about Shelton's departure after Season 23.

By Jackie Manno
The Voice Season 23 | First Look | NBC

Blake Shelton is a legend on The Voice, breaking records by winning a whopping nine times. And since he is sadly leaving after Season 23, fellow Coach Kelly Clarkson had some meaningful words to say about his impact on the show.

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“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," Clarkson said in an interview with NBC Insider.

Clarkson also revealed that she and Shelton have been having personal discussions regarding his departure.

"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."

Shelton announced that he is leaving The Voice after Season 23 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,” 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."

"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!" he added.

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