‘It’s been a hell of a ride’: Blake Shelton leaving ‘The Voice’ after season 23
‘It’s been a hell of a ride’: Blake Shelton leaving ‘The Voice’ after season 23

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Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper will join as first-time hosts in the series' 23rd season

MANILA, Philippines – Blake Shelton is ending his coaching stint on The Voice after 12 years. 

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, October 11, the country singer announced that after contemplating for a while, he’s decided that “it’s time for [him] to step away” from the singing competition after 23 consecutive seasons of being a coach. 

“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,” he wrote. 

Blake then reflected on the relationships he made through the show – with the staff, fellow coaches, and the contestants. 

“I have to give a huge shout out 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,” he said. 

Blake, who was one of the original coaches alongside Adam Levine, Cristina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green, has been coaching in the singing competition since its 2011 debut. Throughout his time on The Voice, he has eight wins in total under his belt. 

Blake’s statement comes alongside NBC’s announcement of the coaches lineup for the show’s upcoming season 23. Kelly Clarkson will be returning after leaving season 21, while Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan will join the series as first-time coaches. A premiere date for season 23 has yet to be announced. 

The Voice is currently airing its 22nd season, with Blake, Gwen Stefani, Camila Cabello, and John Legend as the coaches. – 

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