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Blake Shelton Joked That He's Leaving 'The Voice' — but We're Not Laughing

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Oct. 6 2021, Updated 9:18 a.m. ET

In Season 19 of The Voice, Gwen Stefani got engaged and got her first win after being a judge for five seasons. Following Gwen's exit, Nick Jonas announced that he was leaving the series, yet again, after Season 20, leaving room for a new coach to take center stage.

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In an attempt to keep things fresh, The Voice showrunners recruited Ariana Grande for Season 21, and she plans to give her fellow coaches a run for their money. But Blake Shelton might be her biggest competition. Their love-hate relationship has kept us entertained, however, rumors recently surfaced that Blake might be the next coach to announce his exit.

So, is Blake Shelton actually leaving The Voice? Fans worry that the rumors are true this time.

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Is Blake Shelton leaving 'The Voice' after Season 21? Fans worry that Ariana Grande is replacing him.

While viewers worried that Blake would not be coming back to The Voice for Season 20, he debunked that rumor when he returned and took home the grand prize with his mentee, Cam Anthony, in May of 2021. Although rumors that the country singer will resign as a coach surface every few years, he has yet to confirm his exit. But a comedic exchange with Ariana leads fans to believe that an announcement is coming soon.

In an Instagram post, Ariana revealed a private conversation between her and Blake. In the screenshot, Ariana sent Blake an article via text that suggested that she was stealing his spot on the show, to which he responded, "Thanks a lot Ari… Thanks a f--king lot.”

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Ariana and Blake's banter is one of the hallmarks of their relationship, which leads us to believe that the two were only kidding. But this isn't the first we've heard of Blake's alleged plans to leave the show.

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In 2016, there were rumors that Blake was leaving The Voice because he got fired, and he immediately set the record straight. He did say in an interview with radio station WKRO 93.1 FM that he wasn’t going away anytime soon but admitted that he might not be a judge for more than a few seasons. He shared, "I think at least a year," and added, “Anything can change.”

Well, that was years ago, so who knows when Blake will actually leave The Voice?

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Whenever Blake Shelton does leave 'The Voice,' he leave behind a tough seat to fill.

Ariana Grande replaced Nick Jonas in Season 21 of The Voice, but if Blake Shelton were to leave, that's an impossible seat to fill. He's coached the most winners of any coach, with eight winners.

Plus, he'll be the last original coach to leave, which would bring The Voice into a whole new American Idol-esque era with a whole new set of judges from how the show began.

Season 21 of The Voice airs on Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

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