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Shakira Leaving 'The Voice'

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Shakira is leaving "The Voice."

The singer, who joined the singing competition as a coach for Season 4, will not return for Season 5 when "The Voice" premieres in the fall on NBC. She confirmed the news to E! Online.

"It was a hard decision for me to make, because I'm really fond of the coaches, the people in production and everybody around me," she said. "And I really enjoyed 'The Voice,' but I also have a musical career and I'm also a mother now and my poor baby's so tired flying such long distances."

However, she's not ruling out an eventual return, and said "we'll see what happens in the future."

Shakira's exit paves the way for Christina Aguilera's return to the swiveling red chair. According to a report, Aguilera will return for Season 5 of "The Voice" and net a $17 million payday.

Next fall "The Voice" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

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