Adam Levine is leaving ‘The Voice’ after 16 seasons

After 16 seasons in the spinning red chair, Adam Levine is saying goodbye.

The Maroon 5 frontman will not be returning to The Voice this fall for Season 17, host Carson Daly announced on NBC’s The Today Show Friday morning.

Levine will be replaced by Gwen Stefani, who returns to the show after being a coach on the seventh, ninth, and 12th seasons while serving as a mentor on Season eight and 10.

Meanwhile Levine released a long statement on Instagram, saying it was “time to move on” but left the door open to return in the future, saying “I’m sure I’ll be back to say hi very, very soon.”

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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

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Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton tweeted about how they were surprised at the news, while producers released a statement saying Levine is always welcome to return.

The news of Levine’s departure should not come as too much of a shock. In Season 15, he campaigned to save Reagan Strange from elimination, throwing one of his own artists under the bus. Reagan was saved the Voice Save, which enraged viewers.

When Season 16 rolled around, fans let Adam know they did not forget. Levine lost his entire team by the end of first round of live shows and sat through the rest of the competition. At the NBC Upfronts, he looked disinterested and like he did not want to be there according to some videos swirling online.

Are you happy or sad about the news that Adam is leaving? Let me know in the comments below!

The Voice returns to NBC this fall for Season 17.

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