Kaiser Chiefs frontman and Voice UK coach Ricky Wilson has revealed he’s quitting the BBC singing show after declaring he will not move to ITV with the format.
The ‘I Predict A Riot’ star told The Sun his appearance on the next series with fellow coaches Boy George, will.i.am and Paloma Faith will be his last.
The next run will also be the final one on the BBC after the broadcaster confirm it would not get into a “bidding war” over the format.
Whilst it’s not confirmed, ITV is expected to snap up the popular talent contest, although the broadcaster says no deal has yet been made.
When asked if he was worried about The Voice leaving the BBC, Ricky, 37, said: “This is my last one anyway.
“Yeah. I was going to bow out gracefully. I don’t think ITV would want me. They would want to have a totally new show.”
Frontman Ricky, who was close to axed coach Sir Tom Jones, also backed the shows position on BBC One’s Saturday nights after culture secretary John Whittingdale questioned whether the Beeb should buy in outside formats.
He said: “I think the argument the BBC shouldn’t be competing with ITV is nonsense. You should always compete. It’s the only way things get better.
“If you’re talking about cultural significance, light entertainment is right up there. It’s a huge part of people’s lives.
“It’s what the great British public want on their Saturday night. They don’t want to be force-fed something educational.
“There’s something so important about entertainment. It is equal to education.”
Ricky has already bagged a new telly gig, hosting Sky 1’s latest try at a reality TV winner, in a big budget music panel quiz The Big Noise alongside Nicole Scherzinger.
He said: “This seems like a perfect fit for me. I am having a whale of time doing it.”
The Voice UK returns in the new year to BBC One.