Grammy award winner Pharrell Williams is joining “The Voice” as a new coach for its seventh season, following the exit of CeeLo Green after the fifth season, NBC announced Monday.
The network revealed the news via Twitter after a series of hints: “Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #NewVoiceCoach for SEASON 7.” The producer and singer-songwriter has previously appeared on the show before as Team Usher's battle rounds mentor in its fourth season.
"It's been a huge year for Pharrell, with recognition for his contribution in the world of music - the 'Despicable Me' franchise soundtracks, his Oscar-nominated song 'Happy' and his Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the breakout dance hit 'Get Lucky,’" Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment's president of alternative and late-night programming, reportedly said in a statement. "His dominance in record sales in 2014, coupled with his incomparable accomplishments in the world of fashion and design, make him an irresistible addition to 'The Voice' family."
Telegdy said that Williams had made an impact with his impressive track record as both a producer and performer. He added that calling Williams on board was like “welcoming an existing family member home.”
Williams showed his excitement about joining the show as a full-time coach tweeting: “This is going to be so fun.”
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Executive producer Mark Burnett reportedly said: "I am thrilled to have Pharrell come back to 'The Voice' family, and this time... as a coach. Continuing in 'The Voice' tradition of having the biggest and most current music stars as coaches, Pharrell fits perfectly."
In the current sixth season, Usher and Shakira are the coaches, alongside original stars Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Christina Aguilera, currently pregnant with her second child, is yet to confirm her return for the next season, while Green announced in February that he will not be returning to the show this fall.
"I don't want to wear out my welcome there," Green reportedly explained on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," adding: "I have so many other things that I want to do. I haven't released an album in four years."
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.