Cee Lo Green Announces He’s Leaving “The Voice” (VIDEO)

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Cee Lo touring with Lionel Ritchie

Cee Lo Green won’t be returning to the big red judging chair next season on “The Voice”.

The 39-year-old singer told Ellen DeGeneres on her show that he “isn’t coming back at all” and will focus on his music career.

Green said he is finished with doing the reality singing show. He told Ellen, “I’m not coming back at all. I don’t want to wear out my welcome there. You know what I’m saying?”

He adds, “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.”

But Cee Lo will still be working with NBC, adding, “I have a television show development deal with them as well and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year. But yeah, I’m going to miss The Voice too. So I’m not coming back guys.”

Cee Lo Green leaving The Voice as judge/mentor

The Grammy winner will also be touring with Lionel Richie, 64, who also appeared on Ellen’s show on Wednesday. Their first performance is on May 29 in Vancouver.

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Green’s presence will be missed one the show as one of the original mentors on “The Voice”.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira will serve as coaches for the upcoming “Voice” season.

Cee Lo Green has had a busy year with legal issues too. In October, he was cleared of sexual assault charges, but was hit with Ecstasy possession charges.

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