'The Voice' 2022: Why Did Ariana Grande and Kelly Clarkson Leave NBC Show?

The new season of The Voice features a brand-new lineup of judges, or coaches as they are called on the show, sharing their expertise with contestants.

The singing competition, which sees a panel of talented musicians sit in the famous spinning chairs, is back for Season 22, but fans may be questioning why things look a little different this year.

Two of last year's coaches, Ariana Grande and Kelly Clarkson, have departed their roles on the series, being replaced by Gwen Stefani and Camila Cabello.

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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Camila Cabello, John Legend are the coaches on the new season of "The Voice" on NBC. Vijat Mohindra/NBC

Stefani returns to the show after two seasons off, while this will be former Fifth Harmony singer Cabello's debut.

The songstresses join returning coaches Blake Shelton, Stefani's husband, and John Legend on the panel.

Newsweek has everything we know so far about Grande and Clarkson's exit from The Voice, including why they left.

Why Is Ariana Grande Not on The Voice 2022?

Ariana Grande joined The Voice in 2021 but is not returning for the new season as she is currently filming the upcoming musical movie, Wicked.

The film, based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical, will star Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba.

In The Heights director Jon M. Chu is overseeing the production.

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Ariana Grande, pictured with John Legend and Blake Shelton has left "The Voice." She is currently filming the movie version of Broadway musical "Wicked." Trae Patton/NBC

Why Is Kelly Clarkson Not on The Voice 2022?

Kelly Clarkson announced she was officially exiting The Voice after eight seasons in May 2022.

Clarkson won the show four times during her run on the competition, most recently in Season 21 with sibling trio Girl Named Tom.

In January 2022, Clarkson hinted that she was making some changes to her professional life so she could spend more time with her children, River, 8, and Remington, 6.

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Kelly Clarkson announced she was leaving the show after serving as a coach on "The Voice" for 8 seasons. NBC

In an Instagram Q&A with her fans, Clarkson said: "I've decided this year there's just [going to] be a couple of changes for me that I can't say here.

"There's 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.

"They only want to hang out with you for so long and that's now so I got to 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."

Clarkson has since appeared on NBC's newest singing series American Song Contest as co-host alongside Snoop Dogg, as well as hosting her own NBC talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, which she also serves as an executive producer on.

How to Watch The Voice 2022

At the beginning of the season The Voice will air on NBC on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c.

If Season 22 follows a similar pattern to previous installments, it should move to one, two-hour episode a week in the middle of the season, before returning to two hourly episodes weekly when the live shows begin.

Whilst the show airs on NBC, last season The Voice was available to stream on Hulu. This year, however, fans will need to head to Peacock if they want to stream The Voice after it has aired.

The Voice 2022 continues on NBC.

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"The Voice" 2022 will see Camila Cabello make her debut on the judging panel. Vijat Mohindra/NBC