It’s the end of an era over at The Voice. It’s been announced that after 16 seasons, Adam Levine will be leaving his coach’s chair.
The news was confusing for fans of the singing competition show. Just a week prior, it was announced that all the current coaches would return for season 17.
Carson Daly announced the news on Today on Friday. “After 16 seasons, Adam Levine, our beloved coach and friend, has decided to leave The Voice,” the host explained. “Adam was 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 over the years… He’ll always be a cherished member of the Voice family, and of course we wish him nothing but the best.”
The show echoed the sentiment in a statement released on its social media channels. Although everyone seems to be on good terms following news of the departure, fans have noted Adam’s heart hasn’t seemed quite into his coaching gig as of late.
There are some big changes coming to The Voice. The 17th season of the reality singing competition will not feature one of the show’s original coaches, Adam Levine.
The news of Adam’s departure came from Carson Daly. On Friday’s episode of Today, he let fans of the show know that Adam would not return for season 17.
“After 16 seasons, Adam Levine, our beloved coach and friend, has decided to leave The Voice,” Carson announced. “Adam was 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 over the years.… He’ll always be a cherished member of the Voice family, and of course we wish him nothing but the best.”
The announcement was a little confusing for fans. Earlier this month, the show confirmed that all the coaches were coming back for another season.
Still, The Voice echoed Carson’s heartfelt goodbye to Adam. Its social media posts have made it clear that it was Adam’s choice to leave, but everyone at the show still wishes him the best.
They’ll be welcoming back a familiar face to fill Adam’s spot. Gwen Stefani, who served as a coach in seasons seven, nine, and 12, will return.
Throughout his 16-season run, Adam coached three winners to victory. He coached season one’s Javier Colon, season five’s Tessanne Chin, and season nine’s Jordan Smith.
Fans figured that Adam might be interested in making an exit from the show after his behavior at NBC’s upfronts earlier this month. Rumors began to swirl that Adam, who is now married and a father of two, looked disinterested and put minimal effort into his performance with his fellow coaches.
Just days before the news broke, TVLine posted an op-ed discussing Adam’s loss of his excitement toward the show. In a poll accompanying the article, over 50% of voters agreed Adam needed to, at the very least, take a few seasons off.
Adam posted his own farewell to the show on Instagram. In it, he thanked Mark Burnett for recruiting him for the show’s first season eight years ago.
Adam also thanked all the coaches he has worked with over the years. He even thanked Carson Daly for “babysitting the musicians and making sure our shoes were tied and we had our lunch boxes.”
Adam continued to thank the band, cast, and crew. Of course, his farewell speech wouldn’t be complete without shouting out his other half on the show, Blake Shelton. He wrote:
“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, I’m just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life.”
Many people agreed that whatever the reason, it was Adam’s time to make his exit. They’ll always appreciate his work on The Voice but didn’t see the same passion from him in recent seasons.
Others feel that the show will fall flat without the famous Adam/Blake chemistry. They’re worried it will turn too mushy with lovebirds Blake and Gwen at the helm.