Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — After 16 seasons on “The Voice,” Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will not be returning to a coach's chair when the NBC singing competition series begins its 17th edition in the fall.
Levine has been a coach on the show since its inception in 2011. He will be replaced next season by Gwen Stefani. “Voice” host Carson Daly announced the switch Friday morning on NBC News' “Today.”
Daly noted that “Voice” fans would probably miss the “frenemy” relationship that Levine has built up over the years with fellow coach Blake Shelton. Contestants coached by Levine have gone all the way on “Voice” three times during his tenure, Daly noted.
Levine addressed his departure in a lengthy Instagram post, writing, “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.”
Maroon 5 and Levine had a big showcase in February as the musical act in the Super Bowl Halftime Show, although the performance was marred by controversy surrounding the NFL and its stance toward former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his decision in 2016 to … — Cynthia Littleton/@Variety