Now that Blake Shelton is off “The Voice” he’s having fun with god’s country.
The eight-time Grammy nominee is the longest running judge on the hit NBC competition reality series, but after 23 seasons he’s glad to be retired.
The country crooner sat down for an interview on Friday episode of “The Jennifer Hudson Show” and revealed that he doesn’t miss the gig one bit after Hudson, 42, asked if he longed to still function a coach.
“Not yet, I mean,” Shelton snapped. “I did that show for 23 seasons.”
The 47-year-old admitted that he would had actually left the show sooner if the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t forced the world to shut down in 2020.
“To be totally honest about it, I wasn’t even planning on being there that long,” he shares. “I used to be planning on wrapping it up around 20 seasons or 21 seasons after which obviously COVID hit after which I didn’t wish to walk out on the show in the course of COVID and them attempting to scramble and determine what to do.”
Like hundreds of thousands of Americans forced into quarantine because of this of the pandemic, Shelton had more time on his hands then he knew what to do with.
“So I stayed,” he confessed. “I didn’t have the rest to do anyway, so I stayed just a little bit longer. But I stayed too long for me to now miss it, I can promise you that.”
Still Shelton has nothing however the fondest memories for the show which introduced him to his wife, fellow coach Gwen Stefani.
Shelton and Stefani tied the knot in 2021 and he has officially been a stepdad to her three sons Kingston, Zuma and Apollo ever since.
“All of it goes back to ‘The Voice.’ ‘The Voice,’ it connected the whole lot,” Shelton says. “I used to be having a rustic music profession, but then they asked me to be on ‘The Voice’ and it literally modified my life in so some ways. I mean take a look at the family right there. It’s like all the sudden, I’m The Brady Bunch.”
Satirically Stefani may not be Shelton’s favorite souvenir from the show.
“I got my chair,” he says of the large red revolving chair. “It was the one thing I wanted — besides a bunch of cash — I desired to take home from ‘The Voice,’ so that they did, they sent it to Oklahoma.”
“The Voice” airs Mondays on NBC.