“When I came on as a coach on this show, I mean, everything in my life was turned upside down,” he continued. “And in a good way, you know? This has been incredible, but it’s time, you know. It’s time for what’s next. A little bit of nothing would be nice.”
Blake—the only coach to appear on every season since the show premiered in 2011—announced season 23 would be his last in October.
“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,” he shared on Instagram. “It takes a lot of work, passion, and adult beverages (Ha!) to pull off a live show twice a week.”
“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,” he continued. “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!”
Blake’s final season of The Voice premieres Monday, March 6. at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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