Kelly Clarkson recently made several statements implying that she will not be returning to The Voice for Season 25 and beyond. In a new interview with USA Today published on October 16, Kelly said, “I’ve learned a lot about what I’m capable of handling, and also what you should not handle. That was me saying ‘bye’ to The Voice and having this big move.”
After nine seasons as a coach on The Voice, Kelly moved with her family from Los Angeles to New York, bringing along her fifth season of The Kelly Clarkson Today Show to NBC’s 30 Rock Studio.
Kelly says her reasons for making the move is because she wanted to be closer to her family on the East Coast. And also because she seemed unhappy where she was, saying, “…I’m struggling. I can’t smile anymore. I don’t feel like smiling.”
But that’s not the first time personal reasons made Kelly step away. Although being on the show since the 14th season, Kelly took a break from The Voice in 2021 to be able to spend quality family time with her family and kids, Remington and River. She returned the following year for Season 23.
Kelly, at first, thought moving to New York was a bad decision, or “horrible,” is what she told USA Today. But Kelly later expressed her excitement and peace about her move, saying, “I feel like a weight has lifted. That move was very needed. I think the thing I’m most excited about with season five, on a selfish level, is just showing up to work smiling and actually meaning it. That’s a beautiful gift that you don’t realize until you’re out of it.”
After several comments about being happy and at peace with the move, it seems that Kelly may have turned her chair for good.
Watch this memorable coaching experience with Kelly Clarkson below.