Gwen Stefani is finally opening up about the shocking news she will be replacing Adam Levine as a coach on the upcoming season of The Voice, as well as how she feels about working with her boyfriend Blake Shelton again.
She stopped The Talk on Tuesday to chat with the ladies when the subject of her new job was brought up. Until her appearance on the CBS daytime show, Stefani had kept quiet regarding The Voice shakeup. She had not even posted on social media, which is extremely unusual for the singer.
“I have not even posted, I haven’t talked about it yet, because it was such a shock. I wanted to come back so bad. I mean, the show is so fun,” the mother of three shared.
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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
Although Stefani is thrilled to be back on the NBC show, it is a bit awkward since she is taking the place of original coach Levine. Not only has he been with The Voice since its debut, but he is also boys with her main man Shelton.
“I’m happy for Adam because he’s been doing it 16 seasons. He has his baby. He’s going to be able to go on tour and do music in a different kind of way,” Stefani revealed.
She admitted it would be bittersweet to do the show without the banter between Levine and Shelton. The boys brought a lot of laughter to the show. Even though the dynamic will be different, the No Doubt singer is thrilled to be back in the iconic red chair and working with her boyfriend.
“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,” gushed the smitten blonde beauty.
Gwen Stefani also revealed things happened very quickly when she was approached about replacing Adam Levine. She learned about the opportunity in a text message then immediately received a phone call from her manager. The 49-year-old let it slip the last-minute switch up is standard with NBC, who she claims tends to wait to the last minute to secure coaches.
It was a no brainer for her to return to the show that introduced her to Shelton. The long-time loves will join Kelly Clarkson and John Legend when The Voice returns in the fall. Are you happy to see Stefani back as a coach despite losing Levine?