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'The Voice' 2023 Finale: CeeLo Green returns as guest performer following departure due to rape allegations

CeeLo Green previously exited NBC's 'The Voice' in Season 5 after being accused of date rape
PUBLISHED MAY 24, 2023
CeeLo Green used to be a judge on 'The Voice' till Season 5 (NBC)
CeeLo Green used to be a judge on 'The Voice' till Season 5 (NBC)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA: The highly anticipated finale of 'The Voice' Season 23 has arrived, promising an exhilarating showcase of performances from the Top 5 singers. As the competition reaches its climax, there is an added layer of significance as Season 23 marks the end of an era with the departure of the beloved OG coach, Blake Shelton, bidding farewell to the show after an illustrious tenure.

To ensure an unforgettable send-off, the stage is set to welcome renowned industry singers, each adding their unique touch to the noteworthy occasion. Among them stands CeeLo Green, a figure not only shrouded in controversy but also making a remarkable return to 'The Voice' following his departure from the show in Season 5. The presence of CeeLo Green introduces a sense of intrigue and nostalgia, as fans eagerly anticipate the unfolding of this unexpected reunion, ready to witness the magic and surprises he may bring to the show's grand finale.

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CeeLo Green was accused of date rape

Disturbing allegations emerged regarding CeeLo Green in July 2012, involving the drugging of his date with ecstasy during a dinner outing at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles. The woman later woke up disoriented and with no recollection of the previous night, finding herself in bed with CeeLo. While CeeLo claimed that their encounter was consensual, rape charges were not pursued by prosecutors due to a lack of evidence. However, the former 'The Voice' judge received a three-year probation and 45 days of community service. In the aftermath of the sentence, CeeLo took to his now-deleted Twitter account and made controversial remarks that further fueled the controversy surrounding the case. CeeLo reportedly wrote, "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously, so WITH implies consent. People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!"

The comment sparked outrage and widespread condemnation, prompting a swift backlash from both the public and several advocacy groups, who found his statements dismissive and insensitive towards the issue of consent and sexual assault survivors. Recognizing the severity of his words, CeeLo subsequently deleted his tweets and issued an apology on Twitter. He expressed gratitude for his exoneration and pleaded for forgiveness, emphasizing that he intended to facilitate a healing dialogue but claiming that his comments had been taken out of context. CeeLo emphasized that he would never condone harm toward women and thanked his supporters for their unwavering backing throughout the difficult period.

CeeLo Green on 'The Voice' Season 5 (NBC)
CeeLo Green as a judge during 'The Voice' Season 3 (NBC)

Why did CeeLo Green exit from 'The Voice'?

In 2014, during an appearance on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show', CeeLo made a surprising announcement, revealing his decision to resign from his role as a judge on NBC's 'The Voice'. The singer's announcement left many puzzled about the circumstances surrounding his departure. CeeLo reportedly chose to quit in order to avoid being fired by NBC and producer Mark Burnett Productions, leaving the show's producers grappling with his absence, as per The Wrap.

Adding to the intrigue, another source confirmed that NBC had intended to announce CeeLo's departure jointly, but the singer preemptively made the announcement on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. The departure took the network by surprise and left them scrambling to manage the aftermath of his sudden exit. Insiders familiar with the situation shed light on CeeLo's reported struggles during his time on 'The Voice', describing several instances of emotional outbursts and meltdowns during production. The singer's erratic behavior led to him leaving the set on multiple occasions, leaving the production team perplexed and concerned. The prevailing belief within the production circles was that CeeLo's heightened stress was linked to the legal case that potentially carried severe consequences, including the possibility of imprisonment.

Notably, in 2015, CeeLo did make a return to the show, albeit as a mentor for Adam Levine's team. He makes a comeback again in 2023 as a guest performer for 'The Voice' Season 23 finale. 



 

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