Blake Shelton’s departure from “The Voice” marks the end of an era. “The Voice” coach and country vocalist has been with the show since its beginning in 2011 when it debuted on NBC.

Although Shelton was already a well-known singer when he began serving as a coach, there’s no doubt that his appearance on the NBC hit won him new fans, as many saw a different side of him.

In Season 1, he worked alongside CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Christina Aguilera as a coach.

Shelton’s stint on the show has been a success in many ways, including wins.

According to NBC, Shelton has won nine times on “The Voice,” with his last season, he might reach double-digit wins (and all the bragging rights that come with that)!

All good things must end, including Shelton’s successful run on the NBC show. Shelton announced his departure from the show in October.

“I’ve been debating this for a while, and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to move away from ‘The Voice’ after Season 23,” he wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.

“This program has altered my life for the better in every manner, and it will always feel like home to me.

It’s been a wild ride these past 12 years.”

But his departure had been a long time coming.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Blake Shelton was on the verge of leaving The Voice.

It will be strange when Blake Shelton quits “The Voice,” but his stint on the show was virtually over before he formally left. During an interview on “Today,” Shelton and his co-stars discussed various topics, including Shelton’s upcoming departure from the show.

The “God’s Country” singer told Carson Daly that he considered retiring from coaching a few years ago. “I suppose I was about to call it quits just when COVID hit,” Shelton admitted.

“But, due to COVID, I didn’t want to leave the program and put everyone in a bind. This program altered my life, and I’ll be here till the world returns to normal.”

Even though Shelton decided to leave the show, he expressed how much it meant to him to be a part of something unique. “I met my wife on this show; it’s transformed my life in every way possible,” he explained.

“This has been amazing, but it is time to go forward. It’s time to not even think about what’s next… a little nothing would be wonderful.”

In a tearful interview with Entertainment Tonight, Gwen Stefani, Shelton’s wife, also commented about his decision to depart.

“I can’t get the words out of my mouth because it stinks,” she explained. We concur with her!