Cee Lo Green Is Leaving The Voice

From left: Cee Lo Green, Lionel Richie and Ellen DeGeneres

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updated 02/19/2014 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 02/19/2014 AT 10:20 AM ET

It sounds like Team Cee Lo may be no more.

After four years as coach on The Voice, Green, 39, won’t be returning to the singing competition.

“I’m not coming back, guys,” Green told Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday. “I don’t want to wear out my welcome there.”

But it won’t be the last you see of him.

“I’m going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television development deal with them as well, and hopefully some other talk-show opportunities later in the year,” he said.

He’ll also focus on his own music.

“We will appreciate the music but we will miss you on The Voice,” DeGeneres said as her other guest, Lionel Richie, made his own surprise announcement – and that included Green.

“The good news is, he’ll be with me on the road,” Richie said of Green’s musical plans. “He’s going to join me on tour.”


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