Adam Levine Is Leaving The Voice After 16 Seasons — and Gwen Stefani Is Taking His Spot
Adam Levine is saying goodbye to The Voice.
After 16 seasons on NBC’s hit singing competition, the Maroon 5 frontman, 40, and father of two has decided to leave the show.
Carson Daly, who hosts The Voice, announced the news Friday morning on Today — saying the “beloved coach and friend” would be missed.
Levine was one of the original coaches who launched The Voice when it premiered in April 2011, sitting on the show’s iconic red chairs alongside Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green. He and Shelton have remained on the show ever since, though other coaches have rotated.
The most current lineup includes John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, both of whom are returning for season 17.
Over the course of his 16 seasons, Levine has won the show three times: first in season 1, with Javier Colon, and then again in season 5 (Tessanne Chin) and season 9 (Jordan Smith).
He’s also developed a hilarious frenemy relationship with Shelton, which many credit with part of the show’s success.
“He’ll always be a cherished member of The Voice family,” Daly said on Today, praising Levine for “inspiring many of the artists who he worked so closely with over the years” and helping launch The Voice. “Of course, we wish him nothing but the best.”
Fellow coaches were quick to offer their thoughts via social media.
Close pal Shelton was having a tough time accepting the news. “Having a hard time wrapping my head around Adam not being at The Voice anymore,” he wrote. “After 16 seasons that changed both of our lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn’t set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot.”
Clarkson shared a few sentiments on Twitter, writing, “Found out last night about Adam 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. To start an amazing show from the ground up is a big deal!”
Shelton, 42, won’t miss Levine too much, though. Replacing the “Moves Like Jagger” singer will be someone else close to Shelton’s heart: his girlfriend Gwen Stefani.
Stefani, 49, met Shelton when she previous sat as a coach on the show back in season 7. She returned to coach season 9 and season 12.
Other stars who have sat in the coaching chair over the years have included Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Usher, Shakira, Pharrell Williams and Jennifer Hudson.
Legend, who made his coaching debut on The Voice on season 16, ended up winning the competition with his pick: songstress Maelyn Jarmon.
Reps for Levine and The Voice did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment as to what inspired his Voice exit.
It’s been a busy few years for the singer and his band Maroon 5. The band have been on touring their latest album, Red Pill Blues, since May 2018, with the final concert dates currently scheduled through June 14. In February, the band performed at the Super Bowl.
Levine also has a busy personal life. He and wife Behati Prinsloo have been married for nearly five years, and are doting parents to two daughters: Dusty, 2, and Gio, 15 months.
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