Shelton, 45, had sent Grande, 28, an OK Magazine article headlined, “Producers at ‘The Voice’ may replace Blake Shelton after Ariana Grande brings fresh energy. “
“Thanks a lot, Ari… Thanks a f–king lot…” Shelton wrote in his text message exchange with Grande.
Grande reacted to Shelton’s message with a heart.
Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton appear as coaches on ‘The Voice.’ Grande replaced Nick Jonas as a judge for season 21. (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
The “Thank U, Next” singer joined the coach cast of “The Voice” for season 21, replacing Nick Jonas.
Shelton reacted to the news by saying he was looking forward to a challenge after beating Jonas as a voice coach.
“The easiest defeat of my career was Nick Jonas,” Shelton said at the time, according to People magazine. So I am looking for a challenge. Ariana is a great challenge. But I am looking forward to defeating her. The country music singer has won seven times as the coach on the program.
Grande said she was “honored” to join the cast of “The Voice. “
“Surprise !!! i am beyond thrilled, honored, excited to be joining @kellyclarkson @johnlegend @blakeshelton next season ~ season 21 of @nbcthevoice ! [White heart emoji] @nickjonas we will miss you,” the pop star tweeted at the time.