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Kelly Clarkson Left the Voice After Getting Turned Down for a Raise? Singer’s Exit Reportedly More to Do With Ongoing Legal Battle

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Kelly Clarkson left The Voice after eight seasons. There are various rumors about her exit from the singing competition, and a new report claims she considered a lot of things before she decided to depart from the program earlier this year.

Why Did Kelly Clarkson Leave The Voice?

The American Idol Season 1 winner officially exited the signing competition in May 2022. At the time, there were rumors that she wanted to spend more time with her two young children following her messy divorce from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.

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A new source clarified that Clarkson's exit had nothing to do with pay. She didn't get turned down for a raise and wasn't looking to boost her income.

She faced litigation from her ex and his father, whose company Starstruck Management helped her land her gig on The Voice.

"This was a preemptive strike," the source told Radar Online. "She figured if she wasn't on The Voice, there's no commission they could try to wrangle out of her!"

Clarkson's rep did not respond to RadarOnline's request for comment.

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What Happened Between Kelly Clarkson And Her Father-In-Law's Management Firm?

Starstruck Management Group sued Clarkson claiming she owed them $1.4 million in commissions for her work on The Voice and The Kelly Clarkson Show.

"Over the course of approximately 13 years, Starstruck developed Clarkson into a mega superstar," the complaint was quoted by Variety.

"By way of example only, Starstruck was instrumental in helping Clarkson achieve success in terms of numerous hit albums, multiple Grammy wins and nominations, her role on popular television shows like The Voice and her own talk show. Despite Starstruck's hard work and dedication, Clarkson has decided she is going to stop paying Starstruck for what is contractually owed."

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The Miss Independent hitmaker alleged that Starstruck Management Group violated the California Labor Code for "procuring, offering, promising, or attempting to procure employment or engagements" for her without first obtaining a talent agency license, People reported.

She argued in her suit that all of their agreements, including their verbal contract where she agreed to pay them a 15% commission on her gross earnings, be "declared void and unenforceable."

Stay tuned for more news and updates about Kelly Clarkson.

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