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Ricky Wilson Praises ‘The Voice' Bosses, Despite Tom Jones Controversy

17/08/2015 11:39 BST | Updated 17/08/2015 11:59 BST

Ricky Wilson has praised ‘The Voice UK’ bosses for their new hires, Boy George and Paloma Faith, despite the fact his former colleague Tom Jones is less than pleased with the BBC.

The Kaiser Chiefs frontman has specifically singled out Boy George’s appointment for celebration.

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Ricky Wilson and Tom Jones

Speaking to the Star, he explains: “Culture Club's ‘Colour By Numbers’ was the first album I ever owned. And having met George a couple of times, I know there is never a dull moment with him.

“That will no doubt make for an unpredictable and thrilling series."

Ricky’s comments come just days after Tom’s clarification on why he isn’t returning to the talent show.

Despite initial reports stating that Tom had chosen to leave, the ‘It’s Not Unusual’ singer revealed that he was sacked by the BBC, adding that he found out he would not be returning just 24 hours before the new coaches were announced.

“In good faith, as part of the team, I’d put the time in my schedule to be involved in Series 5, as I’ve done so for the last 4 years,” he wrote in a statement posted on Facebook. “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.”

“This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing.”

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Boy George's appointment came as a surprise to fans

The Culture Club singer and Paloma will join Ricky and will.i.am to film the next round of ‘The Voice’ auditions later this year.

Boy George has shared his excitement ahead of filming, stating: “I'm thrilled and excited to be a coach on ‘The Voice UK’. I'm a huge fan of the show and have watched and engaged with it from series one.

“If I can help someone to win I will be delighted. What a wonderful opportunity to share my experiences and help someone move forward with their musical career. I can't wait to sit in that chair!”

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