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Adam Levine Is Leaving The Voice After 16 Seasons — and Gwen Stefani Is Taking His Spot

Adam Levine is saying goodbye to The Voice. 

After 16 seasons on NBC’s hit singing competition, the Maroon 5 frontman, 40, and father of two has decided to leave the show.

Carson Daly, who hosts The Voice, announced the news Friday morning on Today — saying the “beloved coach and friend” would be missed.

Levine was one of the original coaches who launched The Voice when it premiered in April 2011, sitting on the show’s iconic red chairs alongside Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green. He and Shelton have remained on the show ever since, though other coaches have rotated.

The most current lineup includes John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, both of whom are returning for season 17.

 

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Over the course of his 16 seasons, Levine has won the show three times: first in season 1, with Javier Colon, and then again in season 5 (Tessanne Chin) and season 9 (Jordan Smith).

He’s also developed a hilarious frenemy relationship with Shelton, which many credit with part of the show’s success.

 

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“He’ll always be a cherished member of The Voice family,” Daly, 45, said on Today, praising Levine for “inspiring many of the artists who he worked so closely with over the years” and helping launch The Voice. “Of course, we wish him nothing but the best.”

Clarkson, 37, shared a few sentiments on Twitter, writing, “Found out last night about Adam leaving The Voice & while I get that he’s been doing the show 4 a while & wants to step away, it will be weird showing up 4 work & he’s not there. To start an amazing show from the ground up is a big deal!”

 

 

Close pal Shelton, 42, was having a tough time accepting the news. “Having a hard time wrapping my head around Adam not being at The Voice anymore,” he wrote. “After 16 seasons that changed both of our lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn’t set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot.”

 

 

Shelton won’t miss Levine too much, though. Replacing the “Moves Like Jagger” singer will be someone else close to Shelton’s heart: his girlfriend Gwen Stefani.

Stefani, 49, met Shelton when she previously coached back in season 7. She returned to coach season 9 and season 12.

The show issued a statement Friday morning. “Our friend and coach Adam Levine made the decision not to return next season. We’re going to miss Adam, but The Voice is family and with family it’s ‘see you soon,’ never ‘goodbye,’” The Voice Twitter account posted. “Gwen Stefani returns with Kelly, John, and Blake on The Voice stage this fall. Join us in welcoming back Gwen, and sharing our heartfelt gratitude to Adam!”

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