Alicia Keys Talks on Why She’s Stepping Away From ‘The Voice’

Alicia Keys announced that she won’t be returning alongside Miley Cyrus for the next season of The Voice , but will continue to coach Stephanie Rice, Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue towards the show’s Top 10, according to ET. The “Blended Family” singer hasn’t ruled out a comeback to her big red chair as she revealed to ET on Monday night to anticipate a follow-up to her 2016 album, Here, very soon.

“I’m about halfway,” the singer said of the process.

“I’m ready for the next one already, which was kind of the plan the whole time,” she shared. “I wanted to put out Here where they have a statement body of work, and my next body of work is already in the works. I’m excited!”

“I can’t wait for you to hear new music, and so that’s one of the reasons why I won’t be able to come back next season,” she added. “But I love writing. It’s just the most beautiful, exciting things, and every time I get better. That’s the blessing and magic of writing.”

Blake Shelton, however, appeared to be doubtful of Keys’ exit from The Voice.

“I know she’s not going anywhere,” he teased. “It’s all just a media thing, a ploy. She’ll be back next year and the year after that. They are going to wait and do some, you know, Carson [Daly] is going to be in the Orange Room at the Today show and be like, ‘Oh, what? This just in! Wow!'”