Tom Jones is not happy with BBC bosses following the announcement that he will be leaving The Voice UK.
According to a post on the legendary singers Facebook page, he received “no consultation or conversation of any kind” before they announced he was axed from the show.
He claims those involved with the show only provided him with a day’s warning before he was cut as a judge on the talent competition.
Yesterday a new line-up of judges was announced for the show that included Paloma Faith and Boy George, 54.
BBC bosses thanked Tom for his work on The Voice and it seemed as though the decision had been made with both parties having discussed the matter.
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Posted by Tom Jones on Friday, 14 August 2015
Just hours later, Sir Tom (he received a knighthood in 2006) took to social media to set the record straight. He wrote:
“I’ve supported the show and the BBC since the beginning. I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any knd, that I would not be returning.”
He went on to say that while he appreciates changes often have to happen in the creative world, he also believes “being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships.”
He called the way in which bosses handled the show “sub-standard behaviour” and “very disappointing.”
Fans have no reacted well to the news, which comes as the Daily Mail reports an insider as saying that Tom had asked for a significant increase in his salary to be included in this year’s contract. Apparently it was something to the tune of €700,000.
A spokesperson for the show has reportedly pointed out that Tom was not actually fired, as judges are given contracts which only last one year. His was simply not renewed.