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Gwen Stefani makes 'shocking' confession about Blake Shelton since his departure from The Voice

Blake finished his run on The Voice in season 23, and Gwen is returning for season 24

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani at the 2023 CMT Music Awards held at Moody Center on April 2, 2023 in Austin, Texas.
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad SanwariOnline News WriterNew York
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With Blake Shelton's departure from The Voice in season 23, the upcoming 24th iteration of the NBC competition show will be the first to not feature the country star, or any of its inaugural hosts.

However, stepping into his shoes is another country legend, Reba McEntire, and she will be joined by returning coaches Gwen Stefani, Niall Horan, and John Legend.

The foursome sat down with the Today Show's Kaylee Hartung to discuss the upcoming season, which premieres on September 25, and finding their groove without Blake.

VIDEO: A look at Blake Shelton's final season on The Voice

During the segment, Kaylee asked them about their predictions on which coach could take it all, and Niall, 30, who won season 23, was left in a quandary.

Then he said: "Well we all thought Shelton was gonna win his last season on The Voice, didn't we?" and the others concurred, with Blake's wife Gwen, 53, adding: "That was shocking."

While it's helped immensely by his tenure on the show over 23 seasons, Blake, 47, remains the "winning-est" coach in The Voice history, having coached the winning contestant nine times. He is followed by Kelly Clarkson, with four victories, and Adam Levine, with three.

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Blake coached his final season earlier this year

Gwen was asked in the interview about "life after Blake" on The Voice, and she quipped: "My life is all about Blake, I get to go home to that."

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She added: "It's really different being on the show without him. I miss him so bad on the show." Gwen joined the NBC singing competition during season 7 in 2014, which is when she met Blake. Sparks soon began to fly and in 2015, they revealed their relationship to the world.

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Reba McEntire will be a coach on The Voice for season 24

The former No Doubt frontwoman continued: "At the same time, it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be because he was just so ready to have a break, it was kind of weighing on me the last season we were on there." She added: "I still really love being on the show."

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Reba, 68, the newest member of the team, was asked what kind of confidence she had coming into the season as a newbie, and she simply joked: "Absolutely none!" although John responded: "She's still the queen, don't get it twisted."

Niall Horan and Blake Shelton on The Voice© Getty Images
"Well we all thought Shelton was gonna win his last season on The Voice, didn't we?" Niall remarked

Reba gushed: "They're being so sweet, teaching me, guiding me, I couldn't do it without them. Filling the shoes and the seat of Blake Shelton, I gotta do him proud."

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Though the 24th season is yet to premiere (and will still be hosted by Carson Daly), the line-up of coaches for season 25 has already been revealed.

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John and Reba will all return once again, and they'll be joined by the show's first ever double seat as country music sensations Dan + Shay join the cast in Gwen's place. Chance the Rapper, who was a coach on season 23, will return for the 25th in Niall's place.

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