As the world knows by now, the Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, recently announced he was leaving the cast of The Voice following several years on the show. Fans of the reality television show know that Adam is one of the biggest stars on it.
Following sixteen seasons, Adam said it was simply “time to move on,” amid news coming from Carson Daly that he was leaving. Approximately two weeks ago, NBC wrote a statement in which they announced that Levine would be coming back for another season: the 17th.
Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Blake Shelton were in talks to stay on as well, however, where the change of heart came from is hard to say. Sources explained earlier that Levine has been talking about leaving The Voice for a long time now, so it’s unclear as to why NBC would say he was staying on.
In the post you can see below, Adam expresses gratitude for his time on The Voice, also alluding to his relationship with the late, Jordan Feldstein, who was the one to convince him to sit in the red chair.
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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
Gwen Stefani, who rose to prominence in the rock-ska band, No Doubt, will be replacing him. Gwen took on the role as a coach on The Voice for a number of different seasons, including the 7th, 9th, and the 12th. She has also worked as an advisor more than once.
Now that the Maroon 5 frontman has exited, Blake Shelton is the longest running judge on The Voice. Since its launch back in 2011, Blake is the only one to be with the show each year. It’s unclear why Adam chose to leave the show, perhaps he’s simply sick of it?
Earlier this year, Adam Levine sparked controversy for his performance at the Super Bowl alongside Travis Scott and Big Boi. He took off his shirt while on the stage, sparking somewhat of a backlash from football fans, who are predominantly men.
Moreover, some people claimed it was an instance of sexism because when Janet Jackson’s nipple was visible in the early 2000s, it caused massive outrage, but mostly from the FCC, rather than the general public. The FCC charged the owners of the league a large sum of money for the fiasco.