It's the end of an era for The Voice.
Adam Levine, who has served as a coach on the NBC juggernaut for sixteen seasons is saying goodbye to the show.
The news was revealed by Carson Daly on Friday's Today.
“After 16 seasons, Adam Levine, our beloved coach and friend, has decided to leave The Voice,” Daly said, adding:
“Adam was one of the original coaches who 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 we wish him nothing but the best.”
As for who will step in to fill the void, we already have an answer.
Daly maintained during the segment that it was Levine's decision to quit, so there's that.
Adam has nurtured three contestants to victory on the series. Jordan Smith won Season 9, Tessanne Chin won season 5, and Javier Colon won season 1.
Gwen Stefani is staging a comeback, and will take up residence on Adam's seat alongside Blake Shelton, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson.
Stefani previously served as a coach during seasons 7,9, and 12, so it should be fun to see what she brings to the table after such a lengthy hiatus.
Levine shared a photo on Tuesday which may well have been his way of saying goodbye to his Shelton who he has worked with since the show's debut in 2011.
Yes, The Voice has seriously had 16 (!) seasons over the course of eight years.
A rare moment of tenderness. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/z6fF7WKuWk— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) 21 May 2019
Like most shows, The Voice has lost a lot of ground in the ratings of late as the competition to keep live viewers tuning in is getting more difficult.
What are your thoughts on Adam's departure? Are you on board for Gwen Stefani's return?
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UPDATE: Adam took to Instagram with the following post shortly after the news broke of his departure:
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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
The Voice returns to NBC in the fall.
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