‘The Voice’ fans are still reeling from the news that after 16 seasons in the big red chair, Adam Levine is leaving. However, the Maroon 5 singer said that while it’ll be ‘close to his heart forever,’ it was time for him to go.
“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,” Adam Levine, 40, began his lengthy Instagram post about his departure from The Voice. The news broke on May 24 that he would be leaving the show after 16 seasons, and former judge Gwen Stefani would be taking his place. “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 ‘there’s 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,” he added. “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,” Adam continued, “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 F*CKIN’ SHELTON,” added Adam. “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 [Clarkson] and John [Legend], 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.”
Adam won The Voice three times during the past 16 seasons, but struggled to produce finalists during the past three iterations of the hit singing competition. Adam made headlines during season 15 when he encouraged viewers to vote for Reagan Strange (who could not sing during her Instant Save performance due to an illness) over his other finalist facing elimination at the time, DeAndre Nico. Adam came under fire for not supporting both contestants equally. In Season 16, all of Adam’s artists were eliminated before the semifinals.