After 16 seasons, Adam Levine is saying so long to The Voice.
Host Carson Daly announced on NBC’s Today Friday morning that the Maroon 5 frontman will not return for Season 17. Instead, past coach Gwen Stefani will fill his seat. Levine and fellow coach Blake Shelton are the only coaches who have been on The Voice from the show’s start in 2011.
Shelton tweeted, “Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore. After 16 seasons that changed both of ours lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn’t set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot.”
A member of Adam’s team has won The Voice only three times in the show’s run: Javier Colon, in season one; Tessanne Chin, in season five; and season nine’s Jordan Smith.
Season 16 of The Voice wrapped up last Tuesday night with Team John Legend’s Maelyn Jarmon voted the champ.
Levine posted a lengthy statement on Instagram after the news broke. He began by thanking the show’s creator, Mark Burnett, and reminisced about the very first season of the show eight years ago.
“We had no idea what we were doing or where it was going,” Adam wrote. “After the first day of shooting, I sat there, stunned. I said to myself ‘there’s some magic here. Something is definitely happening.’”
He continued, “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.”
Adam went on to thank “every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with,” host Carson Daly, the crew, the contestants, and everyone who has supported the show along the way.
He particularly singled out his bromance partner, Blake Shelton. “I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it,” he writes about Blake. “Our friendship is and always will be one for the books.”
He also told returning coaches Kelly Clarkson and John Legend to “take care of the cowboy and I’m sure I’ll be back to say hi very very soon.”
Adam concluded with a message to the fans: “For me, it was time to move on. Your support has meant EVERYTHING…What an amazing ride. Thank you all so much.”
Levine reportedly wasn’t happy with all the rule changes The Voice was undergoing. Due to a rule change after Season 15, each coach didn’t automatically go to the Live Playoffs with the same number of team members, and by the time the semifinals rolled around Levine had zero singers left under his direction. His frustration bubbled over during the taping of these semifinals. Sources told Page Six that Levine was “very difficult” during the taping and offered no feedback to the other judges’ team members.
Though he's leaving The Voice, Levine isn’t departing the NBC fold entirely. He’s an executive producer of the network's songwriter competition Songland, which premieres May 28th, and his 222 Productions is developing a drama project at Universal TV.