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Gwen Stefani Splits From Manager

LOS ANGELES (VIP NEWS) — The singer and her band No Doubt recently parted ways with Jim Guerinot, their manager since 1998. Stefani`s defection marks the second longtime client to leave Guerinot`s Rebel Waltz Management. Trent Reznor split in December to join John Silva's Silva Artist Management. Azoff denies that he has taking Stefani on as a client, but insiders claim otherwise.

According to sources, the No Doubt frontwoman, 44, was close to signing on as a judge for ABC`s summer singing competition Rising Star before choosing NBC`s "The Voice."

Helping sway the singer`s vote? Mega manager Irving Azoff (Eagles, Van Halen, Chelsea Handler). He suggested Stefani replace another of his clients, Christina Aguilera, who will take a hiatus to have a baby. Although at press time the deal was not yet done, Stefani is expected to join Pharrell Williams, who takes Cee Lo Green`s chair, for season seven in the fall.

A judging spot on a network hit can be hugely lucrative. Salaries range from $1 million per season, as Demi Lovato got her first year on Fox`s "The X Factor," to upwards of $18 million, which was Mariah Carey`s salary on the 2013 edition of "American Idol." Aguilera is believed to have recently been bumped up to $12 million a season on "The Voice." — According to Billboard