Speaking with Us Weekly, Green dished on why he left the singing reality series earlier this year and gave the new hosts some tips on their new judging gig.
“It easily and quickly became a job,” Green said about his departure. “Very, very obligating… taxing and tiring… I still tip my hat to Adam [Levine] and Blake [Shelton] and those guys who continuously do it, but I think I ran my course there just naturally.”
Green added that his exit was amicable and he holds “great memories” of his time on the show. “It really has everything to do with me having the leverage to go elsewhere and be a success as well,” he went on.
As for his advice to new judges Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, Green said for the newbies to “just kind of pace” themselves.
“Find a happy space… just find it enjoyable,” Green said. “And as long as you’re passionate about discovering new talent and really helping people and encouraging them to be themselves and live out loud and follow their dreams, then you should have no problem.”
The 40-year-old singer also touched on how he first became involved with The Voice, revealing that Adam Levine called him directly about the judging opportunity.
“We were friends prior to The Voice,” Green said. “And he called and said, ‘Hey man, there’s this new show The Voice and I don’t really know what it’s going to be about, and I don’t really want to do any more kind of music shows — do you think it’s cool? If you do it, I’ll do it. If you don’t do it, I won’t do it,'”
Green was one of the original judges on the show along with Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Levine.