After 16 seasons with NBC’s The Voice, Adam Levine is calling it quits and leaving his big red chair behind. Though he was slated to be one of the coaches for Season 17, he will now be replaced.
Carson Daly revealed the news Friday on the Today show during the Pop Start segment. The Voice host said it was ultimately Levine’s decision to leave the show.
Daly said the former coach “will always be cherished member of The Voice family, and of course we wish him nothing but the best.”
Levine won the competition three times over his 16-season tenure with the series.
So, who will replace Levine? None other than Gwen Stefani will be climbing back into the familiar coaching chair. Previously, she joined the show for seasons 7, 9, and 12 – though she has not yet had a winning team.
She will be joining returning coaches John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and her husband, Blake Shelton, whom she met through the show originally.
This may not be the last of Levine, however. The show hinted in a tweet that perhaps he may return someday.
“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 show posted. “Gwen Stefani returns with Kelly, John and Blake on the Voice stage this fall. Join us in welcoming back Gwen, and sharing our gratitude to Adam!”
Levine’s reason for leaving was not revealed by the network.
Levine and Shelton are the only coaches that stayed with the show for all of the first 16 seasons. (And 6-time winner Team Blake doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.) So, if you’d been loyal to Team Adam for the duration, you’ll need to find a new coach to root for.
Stefani has yet to win the competition, though she’s only coached three seasons prior to now. Clarkson has had two wins across her three seasons, so she clearly has an eye for talent. However, we can’t discount Team John, as Legend won his first and only season on the show so far.
Who do you think you’ll be cheering on for Season 17?