‘The Voice’: Blake Shelton Admits Many Knew Adam Levine Wanted to Move on From the Show

At first, it seemed like The Voice coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson were surprised by the news that Adam Levine was leaving the show. However, they might have known more about Levine’s mindset before the announcement. Find out what Shelton said about what many knew and more.

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Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on "The Voice"
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on “The Voice” | Tyler Golden/NBC/NBU Photo Bank

Carson Daly first announced that Levine won’t be returning for Season 17. Gwen Stefani will be taking his spot. Levine also made a statement about his decision on Instagram, but he didn’t reveal his reason for leaving.

It seemed like this casting change was a surprise given it was previously announced he would be back for another season. Legend, Shelton, and Clarkson’s statements also showed this was a bit of a surprise to them.

Shelton tweeted, “Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore. After 16 seasons that changed both of ours lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn’t set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot.”

Clarkson also mentioned when she found out in her tweet with, “Found out last night about @adamlevine 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!”

Levine reportedly tried to leave the show years before

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There was a rumor that Levine left because he hasn’t been happy with the competition’s format for seasons now. He also was rumored to be unhappy with how fans favored the country artists.

Ryan Tedder has since revealed that Levine was thinking about leaving four years ago. He was the one who was approached to replaced the Maroon 5 singer.

I initially got pitched four years ago on potentially replacing Adam on The Voice because he was just tired. He was like, ‘I think I’m going to step off for a minute.’ They called to see if I would do it,” he said on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

That didn’t work out for an interesting reason. “And before I could even decide, they called back and said, ‘False alarm. He’s back on but we have this other show that you might be better for.’”

Shelton said “we all knew” Levine wanted to make a move

The announcement took many people by surprise. The fellow coaches also talked about learning about the final decision pretty late, but it probably wasn’t a total surprise.

I think we all knew, on the inside of the show, that he was ready to make a move,” the coach told Entertainment Tonight. “For a guy like Adam, who is just — he’s the most ADD person I think I’ve met — for him to have even done it as long as he did without wanting to move on to the next thing, is amazing. But I know he’s happy with his decision. Doesn’t mean I am, or any of us [are happy], but at least they were able to soften the blow a little bit and bring Gwen [Stefani] back.”

He still can’t say what next season will be like without his friend. “I can’t imagine, honestly, what the show is gonna feel like at first without Adam there,” he said. “I mean, we’re about to start filming the 17th season of the show, and Adam has been my frenemy from day one, you know, down there on the end.”

The show will certainly be different without Levine. It’s unknown when Season 17 will premiere, but the show will most likely return in the fall.