Adam Levine will not be returning to his red chair after 16 seasons on the reality singing competition, The Voice. The Maroon 5 front man has served as a part of the coaching panel since the show’s inception in 2011. The news was announced by The Voice host, Carson Daly, via NBC News Today, and comes as a surprise to viewers after NBC’s recent announcement that all four judges would return for the series 17 season outing this fall.
Daly further commented that the series’ fans may miss the “frenemy relationship that Levine has built up over the years with fellow coach Blake Shelton.” Levine coached a total of three contestants that went on to win, during his lengthy tenure; he will be replaced in the upcoming season by songstress Gwen Stefani.
Through Instagram, Levine also announced the news of his departure in a lengthy post, writing:
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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
Stefani previously coached as a guest judge on the show in 2014 and 2015. The No Doubt frontwoman is also dating other judge, country singer Blake Shelton. The two also met during her guest appearances on the show, despite Shelton being apart of the U.S. edition since April 2011. Numerous other guest judges and coaches have come and gone during both Levine and Shelton’s reigns, with other episodes featuring the likes of John Legend and Kelly Clarkson.