Adam Levine Leaving ‘The Voice’ After 16 Seasons: Report

By Tiffany Meier

Adam Levine is leaving four-time Emmy Award-winning singing competition “The Voice” after 16 seasons.

“The Voice” host Carson Daly announced the news on NBC’s “Today” on Friday, May 24. Daly noted that Levine of “Maroon 5” fame was one of the original coaches to launch the reality singing competition.

“He’ll always be a cherished member of ‘The Voice’ family, and of course we wish him nothing but the best,” Daily said.

Over the 16 years he was on the show, Levine won three times. He won season nine with Jordan Smith, season five with Tessanne Chin, and won the first season with Javier Colon.

Levine took to Instagram to shed some light on his decision.

“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,” he wrote on Instagram.

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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

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“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,” he added.

He went on to thank Carson Daly, NBC, the other coaches, and many others.

He also gave a special shout out to fellow coach Blake Shelton.

“I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it,” he wrote. “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.”

He concluded with: “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.”

After the news broke, fellow “The Voice” coaches took to social media to express their shock at Levine’s departure.

“Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore,” Shelton wrote on Twitter. “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.”

Kelly Clarkson, who will be returning for season 17, also wrote about Levine leaving on social media.

“Found out last night about @adamlevine leaving The Voice & while I get that he’s been doing the show 4 a while & wants to step away, it will be weird showing up 4 work & he’s not there,” she wrote on Twitter. “To start an amazing show from the ground up is a big deal!”

Blake Shelton, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson are all returning as coaches for season 17. As for Levine’s replacement, Gwen Stefani is stepping in. She previously served as a coach on the show for season seven, nine, and 12, as per E! news.