Tom Jones slams BBC for The Voice axing
Tom Jones has slammed the BBC for axing him from 'The Voice' without warning.
The 75-year-old singer has been a coach on the UK version of the singing competition since its first series four years ago, but it was announced yesterday that he would not be returning next year.
In a message posted on his Facebook page, Jones said: "In good faith, as part of the team, I'd put the time in my schedule to be involved in Series 5, as I've done so for the last 4 years. I've supported the show and the BBC since the beginning. I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any kind, that I would not be returning."
The 'Delilah' singer - whose contestant Leanne Mitchell won the first series of the show - admitted he's disappointed with the way he's been treated.
He added: "Having been through plenty of transformations throughout the years, I support and admire creative change. But being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships. This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing. I will always admire the courage of the performers who participate in the show, as well as all the production staff who worked tirelessly to make a great family viewing experience for the audience at home. I wish the show well."
Tom Jones and Rita Ora - who jumped ship to 'The X Factor' earlier this year - have been replaced by Boy George and Paloma Faith while will.i.am and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson are set to return as coaches.