According to a report from Page Six, officials over at NBC are furious that the former judge on The Voice, Adam Levine, is now leaving the series after multiple seasons sitting in the chair. Supposedly, there was some behind the scenes drama involving the Maroon 5 frontman that led to his departure.
Adam’s gripe with the series has to do with some alterations they recently made to the show. And his alleged disgruntlement with The Voice was clear to the producers. Referring to the changes in The Voice’s rules, Adam said, “I don’t think anybody (understands them), just ’cause it’s weird how it works now, I’m still learning the rules of the new show.”
Adam allegedly brought his lack of interest into the show out on stage while at the Radio City Music Hall, where the NBC bosses were present. Reportedly, Adam’s performance was “motionless” which was directly juxtaposed with the other judges.
An insider over at the NBC network said it’s clear that Adam has been “checked out” mentally for a long time. It was the final change to the show’s format which led to his decision to leave. The co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, Paul Telegdy, is said to have been particularly bothered by Adam’s behavior in light of the new changes.
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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
Telegdy is reportedly irked that Adam could act in such a way in front of the people who front his $26,000,000 annual salary. Reportedly, a source who spoke with the outlet claimed Paul wanted Adam to be alleviated from his duties immediately.
Regardless, it’s clear something changed behind the scenes between the 10th of May and the 24th of May. His exit from the series was announced by Carson Daly on the set of the Today show. It was reported as being a “mutual” decision made by both Adam and producers.
A representative for Adam refused to comment on the matter, and instead, pointed Page Six to his official statement which he released on his Instagram earlier in the week.
As for his replacement, it’s rumored that Gwen Stefani, the former singer of No Doubt, will take his place. It will be the fourth time Gwen has appeared as a judge on The Voice.