will.i.am's 'big money Voice return'
will.i.am has been offered a multi-million contract to keep him on The Voice UK, according to reports.
The Black Eyed Peas star has sat on the judging panel since the show began in 2012 and has seen those around him frequently change over the years.
Last week the show's new line-up was announced, featuring newcomers Paloma Faith and Boy George as well as returning mentor Ricky Wilson. However fellow original judge Sir Tom Jones announced he was axed from the next series without notice, which seems to have caused tension between producers and will.
“They will do whatever it takes to rescue the show. If will.i.am quits it would be total disaster," insiders told British newspaper The Daily Star.
“The Voice has scored great ratings, so the BBC will be keen to hold on to what makes it special. Viewers saw Tom as a steady hand and showbiz veteran who knew exactly what he was talking about. And although will doesn’t have much in common with him, producers will be waving a lot of money around to get him to stay.”
The publication claims bosses are willing to offer will a multi-million pound deal.
Rita Ora also exited the show after a stint on the last series and has since been snapped up by The X Factor alongside Nick Grimshaw, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.
Tom was extremely blunt in his post last week, in which he detailed the situation. He told fans he had made time in his busy schedule for the singing competition and has been nothing but supportive of 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," he wrote. "This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing."
Fans have since vowed to boycott the programme in the wake of his being dropped.
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