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Tom Jones Launches Another Rant At The BBC After ‘The Voice' Sacking

18/08/2015 13:23 BST | Updated 18/08/2015 13:59 BST

If the BBC thought Tom Jones would drop his recent complaint against them in the near future, then they probably need to think again, as the singer has now launched another lengthy rant.

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The Welsh legend was sacked from his ‘The Voice’ judging role last week, and following the announcement that Boy George would be replacing him, Sir Tom made his feelings very clear.

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Tom Jones

Sources have now claimed that the singer was becoming “disengaged” with the show, and Tom hasn’t wasted any time in hitting back.

He tells The Mirror: “My team and I pride ourselves in our professionalism.

"Our positive contribution to the programme was much appreciated, with that appreciation often verbally expressed by those we worked with in production right up to the end of series four.

"If there were any issues with our engagement, we were not aware, nor made aware.”

"You have only to look at the screen to judge if I was ‘disengaged’,” he continues. "If there were ever any problems with my performance or my team’s willingness to do a good job for the programme, we certainly didn’t know about it.

"Of course, we did have opinions and felt our musical knowledge and experience is valuable and therefore worth putting forward, but that’s why 'The Voice' hires professionals for the red chairs — for that very purpose."

"We never had a serious disagreement, nor felt that our opinions were out of line with what was expected or indeed, appreciated.”

He went on to reiterate that it’s not the sacking, but “how it was handled” that he’s disgruntled with.

Addressing claims that the change had been a long time coming, Tom adds: “If indeed the producers were planning a cast change back in March/April, after the most successful year of the series in terms of viewer numbers, a warm and civilised conversation was in order at that time.

"We would have been mutually appreciative for what we did for each other over the last four years.”

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Rita Ora has also left the show

Tom first hit out at the BBC in a Facebook post, which cast a shadow over the show’s big announcement.

In his lengthy update on the social media site, Tom wrote: “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.”

On Tuesday morning, new judge Boy George addressed the saga on Twitter posting: “I have absolute respect for Tom Jones. The man is an absolute legend. Huge fan!”

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