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    Blake Shelton's Finally Done With "The Voice," But The Funny Reactions To Niall Horan Joining As A Coach Filled The Gaping Hole In My Thirsty Heart

    Blake Shelton announced Season 23 of The Voice will be his last — but don't be too sad, because he will be joined by Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper, and Niall Horan — and the fans are stoked.

    It's been over a decade since the show began in the US. Now, the long-standing coach of The Voice, Blake Shelton, announced that he's leaving the competition show after 23 seasons.

    “I’ve been wrestling with this for a while, and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from The Voice after Season 23,” Blake said in a statement. “This show has changed my life in every way for the better, and it will always feel like home to me.”

    A closeup of Blake

    Blake and his sultry country music voice will no longer turn around in that ginormous red chair after Season 23, which is set to air in spring 2023. Season 22 is currently filming with fellow coaches Camila Cabello, John Legend, and Gwen Stefani.

    The coaches sitting next to each other

    "I’ve made lifelong bonds with Carson and every single one of my fellow coaches over the years, including my wife, Gwen Stefani! I have to give a huge shoutout to the singers — the ‘Voices’ who come on this stage season after season and amaze us with their talent and a special thanks to those who chose me to be their coach. Lastly, it’s about y’all, the fans, who watch and support these artists, us coaches and everyone at ‘The Voice’ chasing their dreams. It wouldn’t happen without you!”

    Blake pointing at himself in an effort to get a singer to choose him as their coach across seasons

    Here's what fans had to say about Blake's departure:

    blake shelton ain't never leaving that voice chair. you walk into his home and that chair sitting in front of the tv...

    Twitter: @itszaeok

    Blake Shelton leaving The Voice? Oh, something has shifted. Societal collapse is in the air. It smells like it.

    Terry Wyatt / WireImage / Via Twitter: @michaelcollado

    nick after hearing blake is leaving the voice

    NBC / Via Twitter: @bayareajonas

    He even got a shoutout from another legend from The Voice.

    @blakeshelton @NBCTheVoice You will be missed, brother! What an incredible run!

    Twitter: @johnlegend

    But wipe away those tears, because it was announced his final season will mark the return of Kelly Clarkson and introduce two new coaches, Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan.

    Blake on Kelly Clarkson's daytime show

    Pause. Yes, I said Niall Horan! And you best believe the fandom is losing it over his debut on The Voice next year.

    A closeup of Niall as he looks over his tinted sunglasses

    Everybody had the same hilarious thought the minute the news dropped of Niall joining:

    every Niall Horan fan right now :

    Twitter: @happilyariii

    me auditioning for the voice so i can see niall horan

    Twitter: @__daniellle__

    Me watching the voice just for niall horan every night for now

    Amazon / Via Twitter: @flickersrush

    me going on the voice just to meet niall horan

    NBC / Via Twitter: @cherrieshrry

    the horandogs moving to participate in "the voice" just to see niall:

    Bravo / Via Twitter: @zmfasrangels

    me when Niall is judge on the voice :

    Nickelodeon Animation / Via Twitter: @happilyariii

    Even his former bandmate, Louis Tomlinson, chimed in on the conversation.

    @SKYWALKERLWT @tommo_avery @nbsdefencelessx I haven’t either but I’ll watch it if Niall’s on

    Twitter: @Louis_Tomlinson

    @tommo_avery @nbsdefencelessx Do they have guest judges on the voice?

    Twitter: @Louis_Tomlinson

    We'll be sad to see you go, Blake. But we can't wait to see you with Kelly, Chance, and Niall next year!

    Chance, Niall, and Kelly from left to right