NBC announced today that Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green will not be involved in the fourth cycle of "The Voice." In their place will be R&B superstar Usher and Latin singer Shakira when the show returns in the spring.
Aguilera will be working on a new album and touring, while Green wants to record a new album and a sitcom for NBC based on his life.
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will return for the fourth season.
"We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to 'The Voice.' The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, CeeLo, Adam and Blake," said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. “Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and CeeLo. The participants on our show benefit from our coaches’ expertise and their continued success in the music business allows for significant new contributions to the contestants when they return."
Aguilera addressed her departure.
"Being a coach on 'The Voice' is a wonderful experience and the relationship amongst us all is like an extended family," Aguilera said. "I am so proud of being part of the show from the beginning, all the work we've done, and proud of what the show stands for as a whole. As I have expressed since day one of the show, that I am a singer and performer first and I am so excited to get back to that love. Since this year NBC and 'The Voice' have decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take season four off, allowing me to support my music that my fans have been waiting for -- with the release of my new album 'Lotus' on November 13. By pursuing my first passion of music during the break, I am also able to come back and offer even more to my team on 'The Voice' in the future.”
Green also tackled his departure.
"First ... thank you NBC for supporting my decision to take this season four hiatus! It says that I'm seen and respected as a complete artist and not just a cast member. I'm highly enthusiastic about focusing my undivided attention on my additional endeavors and interests like my upcoming solo album, new Goodie Mob album, Las Vegas residency 'Loberace,' new memoir, and new NBC comedy," Green said. "It’s great to also give a host of other talent the chance to experience what a joy it is to be part of what is truly THE BEST SHOW of them all, 'THE VOICE!' I will return for season five and will be watching season four. NBC is home and as far as Usher and Shakira are concerned -- ‘mi casa su casa.’"
Aguilera did not talk about returning for the fifth season.
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.