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Gwen Stefani Explains How It Really Feels To Replace Adam Levine On ‘The Voice’

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Gwen Stefani is returning to The Voice to replace Adam Levine!

After 16 seasons as a coach on The Voice, Adam announced his departure from the NBC reality show in May.

Needless to say, his fellow coaches and fans are heartbroken. Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson both admitted how much they’ll miss seeing him on set.

“It was kind of a shocking thing,” fellow coach Kelly Clarkson told Extra. “But I kind of get it. He’s been doing it for eight years — that’s a long time. He’s got a couple kids. Still has a career. Still touring.”

Gwen Stefani, who previously coached on seasons seven, nine, and 12, is stepping up as Adam’s replacement.

She’ll work alongside Blake, Kelly, and John Legend.

Gwen stayed silent about the switch-up for almost two weeks after all of this was first announced. But in a recent interview on The Talk, she opened up about how it feels to replace Adam, calling it “bittersweet.”

Adam Levine announced that he’s officially leaving The Voice after 16 seasons. He talked about the difficult decision to leave in a long Instagram post, and his former fellow coaches have also commented on his exit.

“I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life,” Adam wrote. “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.”

Afterward, NBC announced Adam’s replacement: former coach Gwen Stefani, who appeared on three seasons of The Voice. Her most recent appearance was on season 12.

Gwen didn’t immediately comment on her return to The Voice. But after two weeks, she finally opened up about how excited she is during an appearance on The Talk.

She explained why it took her so long to say anything.

“I haven’t posted, I haven’t talked about it yet because it was such a shock,” she admitted.

“I wanted to come back so bad. I mean, the show is so fun,” she said.

It’s sad, though, that Adam won’t be there with her this time. It was Adam who initially texted Gwen to invite her to coach on The Voice in the first place.

“To think that he’s not going to be there is bittersweet,” she said.

“And plus, being between him and Blake … the amount of laughter, I would have to stop and massage my face, because it would hurt.”

Speaking of Blake — Gwen is really excited to get to work alongside her boo.

“It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be exciting — I mean, Blake’s my best friend, so I get to hang out with him at work,” she said.

The decision to come back didn’t take long at all.

“It was really quick. It was literally a text and then my manager called and was like ‘Yes, let’s go!'”

Meanwhile, Blake is also sad about Adam’s departure.

“Having a hard time wrapping my head around [Adam Levine] not being at [The Voice] anymore,” he wrote on Twitter shortly after the announcement.

“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.”

It’s no secret that Blake and Adam shared a ~special connection~ on the show. Adam even gave Blake a special shout-out in his farewell announcement.

“And, BLAKE F**KIN’ SHELTON. I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it,” Adam wrote.

“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.”

Luckily, Blake has Gwen to comfort him through this heartbreaking loss of a bromance!