‘The Voice’: Why Ryan Tedder Almost Replaced Adam Levine on the Show 4 Years Ago

Adam Levine is officially done with The Voice. It is a bit of a mystery of why he left because it was a decision that was made fast. Now that more time has passed there have been little details revealed.

Levine almost left the show before and could have been replaced by Ryan Tedder. Find out what Tedder said about being approached for the role and more.

Adam Levine quit The Voice at the end of Season 16

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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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It was originally announced that Levine would return with the rest of the coaches for Season 17. However, it was later announced that Levine will be leaving.

Host Carson Daly made the announcement on the Today show. He said Levine will “always be cherished member of The Voice family, and of course, we wish him nothing but the best.” Gwen Stefani will be stepping into the coaching chair in his place.

Levine’s only statement about the situation was on Instagram. He didn’t really dive into his reason for leaving, but he did thank many who were involved with his time on the show.

“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,” read part of the statement. “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.”

There was a rumor that Levine hasn’t been happy with the show’s format for seasons

Adam Levine on "The Voice"
Adam Levine on “The Voice” | Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Levine has coached on The Voice since Season 1. The show has changed its format multiple times throughout the years to keep things fresh. However, Levine reportedly wasn’t happy with it.

Adam’s decision was [a] difficult one for him. It had nothing to do with backlash,” a source said according to Us Weekly. The unnamed source claimed that he wasn’t happy with America favoring country music. He reportedly was unhappy about the show’s format for seasons before actually leaving.

It turns out him being happy for a while is probably true. Someone has come forward saying he almost replaced Levine years ago.

Ryan Tedder said Levine was tired and almost quit the show before

Levine did try to leave the show before. Ryan Tedder revealed he was almost the man to replace him.

“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 with Jimmy Fallon.

After that, the offer was basically taken back. “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,’” he said.

Tedder is now on the show Songland. Levine seems to be back focused on his own music after quitting the show.