Can you imagine The Voice without Adam Levine and Blake Shelton going at it?
After 16 seasons, the Maroon 5 front man is about to leave the show he helped launch. The Voice host, Carson Daly, dropped the announcement on Friday’s (May 24) Today show.
“Adam is 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,” Carson said. “Many viewers will miss his frenemy relationship with Blake Shelton. He will always be a cherished member of the Voice family and of course we wish him nothing but the best.”
Adam successfully coached The Voice winners Javier Colon (2011), Tessanne Chin (2013) and Jordan Smith (2015) all the way to the finish line.
The “Girls Like You” singer previously opened up about he was talked into doing the show.
“I sat in a room with Mark Burnett years ago with my arms folded. ‘No way man, I’ll never be on TV,’” he told Entertainment Tonight. “He’s like, ‘You’ve got to do it.”
At the time, Adam was also thinking about the band’s next steps.
“To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure what was happening with the band. We were kind of in the middle stage of our career where we weren’t sure where it was going,” he revealed, adding, “But The Voice became this unexpected giant hit.”
He dished that being a coach on The Voice was a pretty sweet gig. “They pay me really well,” he said and called it “the best job.”
And as for how much longer he planned to stay on the show, “As long as it feels right,” he replied. “I mean, it’s nice to give back the things that we’ve learned.”
With Adam’s exit, a returning coach will be taking his seat on the coach’s platform.
“I am happy to share that Gwen Stefani will be returning for season 17,” Carson announced. “She met her current boyfriend, Blake Shelton, through the show. Excited to have her back.”