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Jennifer Hudson QUITS The Voice after three years: ‘It wasn’t an easy decision’

The singer, 37, was offered a big-money deal to return to the panel but has said she is too busy.

An insider told us: “Jennifer has absolutely loved her time on The Voice but she’s decided not to return.

“It wasn’t an easy decision. She would love to continue doing the show. But she has a lot on and something had to give.

“She quit the American version last year and now she’s had to walk away from the UK series too.”

Being a coach on The Voice has made Jennifer one of TV’s most popular stars.

Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora and Jessie J all quit after short stints.

Coach Will.i.am has already touted Cheryl Tweedy as a replacement for Jennifer.

A show insider said: “Executives have a big task on their hands to find someone who will be as popular as Jennifer.

“They are keen to get someone from the US to make sure the show continues to get interest from around the world.

“There are quite a few names already being discussed.”

The Voice is due to return to our screens for its next series in January.

Will, Olly Murs and Tom Jones are expected to return.

An ITV spokeswoman said: “No decision has been made ahead of next year’s series.

“We love Jennifer and if she is able to return we would be delighted.”

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