Tom Jones has hit out at the makers of The Voice after apparently being dropped by the talent show.
The Welsh singer has posted an angry message on Facebook criticising his exit from the BBC programme.
He wrote: “About The Voice UK: in good faith, as part of the team, I’d put the time in my schedule to be involved in Series Five, as I’ve done so for the last four 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.
“This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing. I will always admire the courage of the performers who participate in the show, as well as all the production staff who worked tirelessly to make a great family viewing experience for the audience at home. I wish the show well. “
Earlier today it was announced Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson and Will.i.am will return to the panel alongside the new additions of Culture Club singer Boy George and Paloma Faith.
Outgoing judge Rita Ora appeared for one series and has already signed up for ITV talent show The X Factor.
Earlier this year, Ricky Wilson confirmed that his friend Dave Grohl approves of his job on the show. Wilson spoke about his friendship with Grohl and what it’s like touring with Foo Fighters in a radio interview, saying: “We had dinner the other night and I had to break the news to him that I’m on a television talent-search contest. And I know that he’s not the biggest fan of those things, but he goes, ‘I don’t care if my friends are doing it!'”
Dave Grohl has previously hit out at TV talent shows such as American Idol and The X Factor, claiming that many contestants are judged far too harshly by people that are not musically talented. He told NME: “I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves. That’s what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by fucking musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own fucking albums. It makes me really mad.”