Angry Fans Vow To Boycott ‘The Voice’ Following Kelly Clarkson’s Exit: ‘No Kelly, No ‘Voice’ For Me’

The Voice will return for its 22nd season this fall and after an eight-season run, Kelly Clarkson will not be…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 17, 2022


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Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC

The Voice will return for its 22nd season this fall and after an eight-season run, Kelly Clarkson will not be returning to the coaches’ panel. 

The news was revealed over the weekend when the popular singing competition unveiled the coaches for the upcoming season. 

Joining coaches Blake Shelton and John Legend will be Camila Cabello, who is replacing Clarkson, while Gwen Stefani will make her return to The Voice in place of Ariana Grande. 

Ahead of the announcement, Clarkson hosted a live Q&A via The Kelly Clarkson Show’s account where she hinted that a few changes would be coming to her life and career. 

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

“I’ve decided this year there’s just [going to] be a couple changes for me that I can’t say here,” Clarson told viewers. “But there are a couple things happening. I’ve been able to make more time just for me and my kiddos and still be able to work. Just where we can get away on weekends and really do some fun stuff with my kids.”

Clarkson continued: “’Cause they only want to hang out with you for so long and that’s now so I gotta take advantage of that … I’m excited to have more time with them. I mean I have a ton of time in the morning but I don’t know, I’m selfish. They’re fun.”

Following the major The Voice shakeup, fans took to social media to express their thoughts on Clarkson’s exit from the show. Some social media users even vowed to boycott the show now that Clarkson isn’t on it. 

“Guess I’ll be skipping a season. No Kelly, No Voice for me. I do need to catch up on reading,” wrote one Twitter user, while another said, “No offense to the other coaches and producers, but Kelly Clarkson was the sole reason I watched The Voice.”

Other Tweets read, “Sorry guys I’m not watching til Kelly comes back:/ good luck on this season,” and “I started watching The Voice when Kelly started. Time for a pause.”

Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, John Legend; Photo by NBC The Voice
Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, John Legend; Photo by NBC The Voice

There were dozens of other Tweets and social media comments with fans expressing their disappointment over Clarkson’s absence. Others also agreed that she deserves to take a break. 

“I heard that Kelly won’t be returning to The Voice, the reason would be: she wants to take a vacation and spend more time with her kids, which is fair, since she’s worked a lot the last few years,” one fan pointed out. 

Another wrote, They’ll see some major ratings drop for sure then they’ll realized that Kelly is the heart of the show. I respect & love Kelly for taking well deserved time off.The woman has been busting her ass off. I’ll watch her somewhere else just not the voice. It’s no for me dowg.” 

Kelly Clarkson appeared on eight consecutive seasons of The Voice and Team Kelly won four seasons of the show. 

On top of hosting The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Texas native is also the host of NBC’s American Song Contest.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.