Cee Lo Green Leaving ‘The Voice’, Going On Tour With Lionel Richie [Video]

Cee Lo Green will no longer be a judge and coach on The Voice. He announced the decision on The Ellen Show, which is scheduled to air on Wednesday. Even though he will no longer be featured on the singing talent show, he will have plenty on his plate.

As a talented musician and performer, Cee Lo Green told Ellen he missed making music. It has been four years since he has dropped an album, which featured his classic song “F*** You”. He told the audience that the album is almost ready, but the next big chapter of his life will be a tour with Lionel Richie. Cee Lo talked about looking up to Richie and the opportunity being one of a lifetime. The tour is being called All the Hits All Night Long.

While Green faced some trouble last year for an incident involving ecstasy and a girl, he released a statement assuring fans that the decision to leave The Voice for good was not a forced decision.

The Voice has been an immensely enjoyable experience for me and I can only hope I have enriched the lives of our viewers, the contestants, and the many friends I made there. I will always be there in spirit. Meanwhile, NBC and I plan to continue our relationship with several new co-ventures including a new music show, while we also explore our ideas for me to create and host a new show of my own.

Though the details of the new projects Cee Lo Green and NBC are working on have not been released, the network confirmed that they are working with the music star. NBC President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, Telegdy, released a statement of his own on Wednesday.

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

The artist is known for collaborations and a funky sound that crosses genres. Starting out with the rap group Goodie Mob, Cee Lo was connected to the early Atlanta hip hop sound characterized by Outkast. He then went on to lend his vocals to various artists, including Santana. He gained popularity when he formed the short lived duo, Gnarls Barkley, with DJ Danger Mouse. Their song “Crazy” was a global sensation and allowed Green to branch out. His solo career has been hit or miss, but his work on The Voice has kept him in the lime light.

After touring with Lionel Richie, it will be interesting what the future holds for Cee Lo Green.