Adam Levine is stepping down from his big red chair, after 16 seasons as a coach on “The Voice”.
The surprising announcement was made during the “Today” show’s Pop Start segment with Carson Daly, who also happens to be the host of the singing competition series.
“Adam was one of the original coaches that launched the show, winning the competition three times and inspiring many of the artists that he worked so closely with over the years. Of course, many viewers will miss watching his frenemy relationship with Blake Shelton. He’ll always be a cherished member of ‘The Voice’ family. Of course we wish him nothing but the best,” Daly said.
Levine had previously been announced to take part in season 17 alongside fellow coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson.
Levine took to Instagram shortly after the announcement, sharing a meaningful post thanking all of the people who were part of his journey on the show.
“First thank you must go to Mark. We had no idea what we were doing or where it was going. After the first day of shooting, I sat there, stunned. I said to myself ‘There’s some magic here. Something is definitely happening.’ It went on to be a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever,” he wrote.
The songwriter then went on to thank all of the coaches he’s worked alongside over the years, writing a very special message to the show’s famous country crooner: “BLAKE F***IN’ SHELTON. I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it. Our friendship is and always will be one for the books. Whatever this whole surreal experience was, I’m just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life.”
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About 8 years ago, Mark Burnett convinced us to sign up for this show where you sit in a big red chair with your back turned away from the singers on the stage. First thank you must go to Mark. ❤️ We had no idea what we were doing or where it was going. After the first day of shooting, I sat there, stunned. I said to myself “theres some magic here. Something is definitely happening.” It went on to be a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever. Thank you NBC for signing me up. I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you to every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with. That is shared experience that is singularly ours. We have that for life. Thank you to everyone who supported this long strange and amazing left turn into a place I never thought I’d go. Thank you Carson Daly for babysitting the musicians and making sure our shoes were tied and we had our lunch boxes. You are the backbone of this thing and we appreciate you more than you know. Audrey, thank you for being perhaps the most patient person in all the free world. 4 musicians all at once is a lot. Sainthood is imminent. Thank you to Paul Mirkovich and the band for their ridiculously hard work and learning more songs than maybe any band ever. 😂 Thank you to the people behind the scenes who do the real work and make this machine hum. To the amazingly talented vocalists who competed on the show and blew my mind on a daily basis. And, BLAKE FUCKIN’ SHELTON. I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it. Our friendship is and always will be one for the books. Whatever this whole surreal experience was, Im just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life. Kelly and John, take care of the cowboy and I’m sure I’ll be back to say hi very very soon. So much love to you both. And lastly, to all of the loyal voice fans, there’s literally no show without you guys. For me, it was time to move on. Your support has meant EVERYTHING. And Lastly, I’d like to thank my manager Jordan for convincing me to take that meeting. 😊 What an amazing ride. Thank you all so much. ❤️ Adam
Last, but certainly not least, Levine thanked the fans of “The Voice” for their constant support. “There’s literally no show without you guys. For me, it was time to move on. Your support has meant EVERYTHING,” the 40-year-old added.
Shelton took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the surprising news, saying he’s having a “hard time wrapping my head” around Levine’s departure.
Clarkson also took to social media after the news broke that the Maroon 5 frontman would no longer be a coach on the reality competition show, saying “it will be weird showing up for work & he’s not there.”
John Legend also added in his short but sweet sentiments. “We’ll miss you, brother,” he wrote.
ET Canada has reached out to Levine’s rep for comment.
Fans had no time to wonder who would sitting in the coveted big red chair as the 45-year-old host made the exciting announcement right after revealing Levine’s departure.
“I’m happy to share this morning that Gwen Stefani will be returning for season 17,” Daly added. “We’re looking forward to having Gwen back next season, it should be a ton of fun.”
“The Voice” is set to return to the small screen this fall.