It’s been announced that Adam Levine is bidding farewell to “The Voice” after 16 seasons — just weeks after he looked grumpy while promoting the NBC show.
Carson Daly, the singing competition show’s host, made the exit announcement on the “Today” show Friday, saying: “After 16 seasons, Adam Levine, our beloved coach and friend, has decided to leave ‘The Voice.’ 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.”
Gwen Stefani, who worked as a coach on the show for a handful of seasons, will be coming back for the upcoming 17th season to replace Levine. She’ll join returning coaches John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, Stefani’s boyfriend whom she met on the show.
It is telling now that Page Six spotted an unhappy-looking Levine promoting “The Voice” at the NBCUniversal Upfronts on May 13. He didn’t smile once as he performed alongside Legend, Clarkson and Shelton, and was noticeably unenthused on stage.
Just a few days before the Upfronts, the show also tweeted that Levine would be returning. “A group of Coaches so good we need an encore.😏✨,” the show tweeted alongside a photo of the foursome. “This iconic squad is returning to #TheVoice next season. 🎉.”
Meanwhile, following Daly’s announcement on Friday, Levine wrote in a lengthy Instagram post of his leaving that, For me, it was time to move on.” He also thanked everyone around him for their support and called his work on “The Voice” an “amazing ride” and “a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever.”
Levine, 40, was a coach when the show premiered in 2011, working alongside Shelton, CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera.
By Julie Gordon, Chelsea Hirsch