Blake Shelton Is Sad That CeeLo Green Is Leaving “The Voice” for Good, and Yet . . .

The singer is leaving The Voice to pursue other ventures.

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Blake Shelton seemed truly sad Wednesday when he learned that CeeLo Green won’t be returning as a judge on The Voice.

“I campaigned a lot for CeeLo to stay. And I knew what the network was doing with changing coaches in and out, but I figured . . . in the back of my mind I guess I hoped CeeLo would be back,” Blake told reporters.

CeeLo told Ellen DeGeneres, in an interview for Wednesday’s (Feb. 19) episode of her show, that he wanted to pursue other ventures, including a new show on NBC.

“He’s got so much going on in his mind and so much creativity that a lifetime probably’s not enough to explore everything that he wants to try to do," Blake said. "He probably feels like he’s done his time on a reality show and he’s ready to go do a puppet show or whatever he’s got in mind next.

“Maybe stripper puppets or something,” Blake continued, laughing. “So I’m not surprised he’s moved on; it makes me sad, though.” 


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