‘The Voice’: Blake Shelton Has a Message for Adam Levine Before the First Season Without Him

The new season of The Voice is about to start and it will be the first season without Adam Levine. Blake Shelton is now the last remaining original coach on the show. He was very close to Levine before he left.

So it’s not surprising that Shelton has a message for Levine going into this season. Find out what he said and more.

Adam Levine had a message for Blake Shelton in his announcement

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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

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Levine posted a message about ending his time on the show on Instagram. He included a message for his good friend.

It read, “And, BLAKE F*CKIN’ 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 [sic] 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.”

This news was shocking to many fans. However, Shelton revealed why he wasn’t completely surprised about Levine’s decision.

Shelton said many knew Levine wanted a change

Blake Shelton and Adam Levine
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The country coach tweeted his reaction shortly after the announcement that Levine was leaving and Gwen Stefani is replacing him. It seemed like he was surprised.

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

Shelton later revealed that it actually wasn’t that surprising. The announcement made sense for Levine.

“I think we all knew, on the inside of the show, that he was ready to make a move,” Shelton 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.”

He continued, “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 has a message for Levine

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A rare moment of tenderness. ❤️

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Shelton loves giving Levine a hard time even after the lead singer decided to quit the show. The country singer gave him an interesting message.

“Adam’s not on the show and I want him to know that he can still kiss my a** wherever he is right now,” he told Entertainment Tonight. He revealed how he felt when it was announced that Levine quit.

“Literally, you know, with Adam being gone, I’m not gonna lie, that was scary. It’s weird,” he said. “Without him here, it’s literally shocking to not have him here.”

Fans will have to wait and see what it will be like to have Stefani, Shelton, Clarkson, and Legend as coaches together. Season 17 of The Voice premieres Monday, Sept. 23 at 8/7 CDT on NBC.