Cee Lo Green made a big announcement: He is leaving his red swivel chair behind.
“I’m going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television show development deal with them and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year,” Cee Lo said. “But yeah, I’m going to miss ‘The Voice,’ too. I’m not coming back, guys.”
A shocked Ellen asked Cee Lo, who was known on the show for his deep insight, memorable quips and petting his adorable cat, Purrfect, if he was planning on coming back at all.
“I’m not coming back at all,” said Green. “I just don’t want to wear out my welcome there. You know what I’m saying? I have so many other things that I want to do.”
And those other things include hitting the road with Lionel Richie later on this year and working on his upcoming album, the first since 2010′s Lady Killer, which featured his hit song “F–k You.”
“I haven’t released an album in four years; I’m almost done with my album,” Green said before later adding, “I didn’t mean to drop the bomb today.”
Cee Lo was a mentor on the show with Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Along with Aguilera, Cee Lo sat out seasons 4, 5 and 6 to make way for Shakira and Usher. The sixth season of “The Voice” kicks off February 24.