Insider: CeeLo Green Quit ‘The Voice’ to Avoid Being Fired (Exclusive)

Insider: CeeLo Green Quit 'The Voice' to Avoid Being Fired (Exclusive)


Updated: NBC was “blindsided” by the singer announcing his exit on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” an insider tells TheWrap

CeeLo Green went rogue when he decided to announce his exit from NBC's “The Voice” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which released video of the singer's announcement on Tuesday evening.

Green's decision to quit was a move to avoid being fired by NBC and producer Mark Burnett Productions, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Blindsided by the timing of his announcement, producers are unsure what to do with Green's vacant coaches’ seat.

Also read: CeeLo Green Not Returning to NBC's ‘The Voice’ (Video)

A second individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that NBC wanted to announce Green's departure mutually with the singer but that Green decided he wanted to to do it on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

His exit arrives after a touch-and-go fifth season, which led to at least one “meltdown,” as the insider described it.

Burnett had to spend a lot of time with the emotional Green last season and on at least two occasions, the “F–k You” singer had to leave the set.

The general belief among the production was that he was feeling the weight of a legal case that could result in prison time.

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The singer is accused of slipping a 33-year-old woman ecstasy while the pair was dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant in mid-July of last year. He's charged with furnishing a controlled substance, a felony charge that carries up to four years in state prison.

On “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Green said he was quitting “The Voice,” because he didn't want to “wear out my welcome.”

He did say that he would continue his relationship with NBC.

“I have a television show development deal with them as well and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year,” he said.

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Green, in the meantime, will be touring with former Commodores frontman Lionel Richie.

The morning after Green's exit broke, NBC's alternative and late night programming president, Paul Teledgy issued a statement.

“CeeLo Green has been an instrumental part of the success of ‘The Voice’ and we deeply appreciate all his contributions,” the exec said. “We're looking forward to working with him on other upcoming projects that will tap into both his musical and entertainment expertise.”

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Burnett has yet to comment on Green's announcement.

Green's departure arrives as “The Voice” sets to return to NBC for its sixth season on Monday — with Green and Christina Aguilera once again rotating out as Usher and Shakira return to take their places in the coaches’ seats once again.

An NBC spokesman told TheWrap: “CeeLo's departure didn't blindside us at all. This was a mutual decision and we're looking forward to working with him in the future on different projects and expect to be in business with him.”

Reps for CeeLo Green have not yet returned TheWrap's request for comment.

  • graceofgroove

    C'mon y'all…the song title is “Forget You,” not “Forget Me”!

    • GnarlyBark

      But he will soon be forgotten as the contestants from “The Voice” have careers that surpass his. Ironic.

  • ThomasNeidhart

    has that overly prepared show ever produced a bonafide star? I think these shows have worn out their welcome, and I'm bored with AI's judge choices, I mean reallllllly…. JLo and Harry??? bah! they make Keith look exciting! ha

    and I think it's “coach's chair”, not coaches’

    • BowleggedFireman

      Well “The Voice” in the previous 5 seasons has had all of its winners release at least one album, and each album has done well. “Voice” is running close to the way AI did its first few years with album release results, and having several of the second, third, and fourth place contestants release their own albums as a result of the show. Considering the show is on less than three years, those aren't bad statistics.

    • gapstander

      coach's – singular

      coaches’ – plural

  • LF

    One hit wonder. Yawn…

    • MikeP22

      Who's a one hit wonder? The guy from Goodie Mob who guests on Outkasts first album, has more than one top forty song, and multiple side projects? Not a huge fan, but just pointing out that you don't know what you're talking about.

    • Rupert Dingle

      not really. but you logic is sound. Once he had that first solo hit, he had totally sold out and become a piece of trash (for other reasons) – his best work is thanks to danger mouse. the second Gnarls Barkley album is amazing.

  • farenbalanced

    How many people realize that the great singer/songwriter Nielsen released a song with the identical title and near identical melody 40 years ago? (“You're breaking my heart, you've torn it apart, so F—you!”). The producer was beside himself, saying it's the best song on his new album but unplayable.

  • Lisa Campbell

    I say the writers of South Park should use him as the new chef for the cafeteria. He would be hilarious..

  • mambeaux

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy . . . Hey, he rewrote “Imagine” to fit his politics!

  • Michelle GFrydenlund

    Ok so were they “blindsided” (as it states at the beginning of the article) or “NOT blindsided” as it states at the end?

  • master yoda

    These guys are something else. Dope a woman for sex? Never heard of prostitutes? Honestly, what is wrong with people nowadays.

  • GnarlyBark

    So, NBC and Mark Burnett were planning on firing him, but him quitting allegedly blindsided them? How so when the professional relationship was going to end either way? And, not for nothing, the scandal around the rufie isn't good for the show's PR, as he is considered a “role model” of sorts. Honestly, I wouldn't want someone drugging someone leading the way for other upcoming singers to say it's okay so long as you don't get caught or have enough money to pay it off. Though I do wish him the best in any of his future endeavors, providing he can get away with it and not face prison where he'd be turned around faster than the coach's chair.

  • demoncat_4

    kind of thought something was up when Ceelo said he was leaving the voice all of sudden since one he is proably still on till now contract with the show. guess that means maybe usher will now not set out a season. though can also see ceelo leaving to avoid having to be fired if he winds up going to prison for drugging a woman.

  • wat

    Never trust “insider” reports. Always B.S. Always clickbait.

  • Vernon Alarcon

    I wanna see C-low swim with his t-rex arms….

  • Carl Mertz