The veteran singer will not be returning to the BBC talent show for its fifth season.
Tom Jones has spoken out after being dropped as a judge from BBC talent show ‘The Voice’ ahead of its fifth series. Yesterday the Beeb announced a shake-up on the series' judging panel, which saw Jones axed and Paloma Faith and Boy George brought in.
Tom Jones has been axed from the upcoming series of ‘The Voice’.
In a post on his official Facebook page the veteran singer said he was told on Thursday he would not be returning to the show without ‘conversation or consultation’ by the BBC. ‘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,’ Jones wrote.
‘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. 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,’ the 75-year old added. ‘I wish the show well.’
Many fans of the singer have already expressed their anger on social media over his departure, with some threatening to boycott the show now Jones is gone. In response to the singer’s Facebook post the BBC told NewsBeat, ‘The final decision on the coaches line up for series five of The Voice was only taken on Wednesday and Tom's team was informed early yesterday morning.’
‘We then announced it to the press so that it didn't leak. This has been the same every year and no role was ever promised,’ the broadcaster added. Series five of ‘The Voice’ is scheduled to hit our screens in January 2016. Paloma Faith and Boy George will serve as judges beside the returning Will.i.am and Ricky Wilson.
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