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Apologies for Tom Jones over 'The Voice' axe

The BBC's head of television has spoken out following the departure of singer and coach Sir Tom Jones from entertainment programme The Voice.

Tom Jones has been involved with the show for the last 4 years Credit: PA Wire

Danny Cohen said he was sorry that Sir Tom Jones was upset, after the singer recently hit out at what he called 'sub-standard behaviour' from executives.

Sir Tom told fans he had only been informed 24 hours before the new coaches were announced that he wouldn't be returning.

In a Facebook message Sir Tom wrote:

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. 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.

– Sir Tom Jones

Mr Cohen said: "I've got huge respect for Tom and I'm truly sorry he's upset. I'm really sorry because I am a big fan of his. I think he's a gentleman and an extraordinary figure in music."

He said he would definitely like to see Sir Tom back on the BBC "doing something else".

Boy George will replace Tom Jones, alongside Paloma Faith and returning coaches Will.I.Am and Ricky Wilson for the competition's fifth series.


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