Cee Lo Green Announces Departure From “The Voice”

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Singer Cee Lo Green made a big announcement on Ellen Wednesday: He’s leaving The Voice.

The former Goodie Mob hitmaker has helped coach contestants on the hit NBC show for four season, but now tells Ellen that he’s spun around in the big red chair for the last time. Cee Lo didn’t seem particularly stoic as he dropped the bombshell on El, all while sitting alongside mentor Lionel Richie.

“I’m going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television show development deal with them and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year. But yeah, I’m going to miss The Voice too. I’m not coming back guys…”

Ellen seemed taken aback by the news, exclaiming:

“Oh, you’re not coming back at all?”

“I’m not coming back at all. I just don’t want to wear out my welcome there, you know what I’m saying? I have so many other things that I want to do. I haven’t released an album in four years. I’m almost done with my album…I didn’t mean to drop the bomb today.”

Cee Lo was already scheduled to take a break for Season 6. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira will coach the teams when the talent show returns to the airwaves Feb. 24.

Meanwhile, Cee Lo will have plenty to keep him busy. He’s hitting the road with Richie as his All Night Long Tour crisscrosses North America.

We can’t help but wonder if Green’s recent legal woes may be at the center of this rather abrupt departure. Cee Lo, of course, must still deal with that pesky little felony drug charge.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles have accused the star of furnishing ecstacy, or MDMA, during a 2012 dinner with a (very popular) Twitter relationship expert, who shall remain nameless. He’s pleaded not guilty but could face up to four years behind bars if convicted.

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