Former ‘Voice’ Coach ‘Wasn’t Surprised’ Adam Levine Quit

Former ‘Voice’ Coach ‘Wasn’t Surprised’ Adam Levine Quit | Country Music Videos

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In May, fans of NBC’s singing competition series The Voice were stunned when coach Adam Levine announced he would not be returning for the show’s 17th season. The Maroon 5 frontman had coached all 16 seasons prior, and had three wins under his belt.

For me, it was time to move on,” Levine wrote in a long social media statement addressing his departure from the show.

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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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Alongside his statement, Levine shared a photo of an old Rolling Stone cover featuring the original coaching lineup. In addition to Levine, country superstar Blake Shelton has been with the show from the start, while coaches Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green eventually left.

While Green left the show for good following season five, Aguilera appeared on the show off and on for some time, with her last season being Season 10.

In a 2018 interview with People, Aguilera addressed her reason for leaving the show, saying:

I originally took the seat on The Voice because it kept me in a little bit of a more grounded position for my children. But after a certain amount of time, of course, the artist in me was like, ‘I have to evolve!‘”

So while the coaches who worked alongside Levine on Season 16 (Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend) were shocked when he shared he was going to quit, Aguilera understands where he’s coming from.

In a new interview with Access Hollywood, Aguilera said she “wasn’t surprised” her “Moves Like Jagger” duet partner decided to leave the show.

“I think there’s always a time and a place, especially as an artist, you know, getting back into your creative mode and out of that kind of environment is important,” she said. She added, “I actually gained some respect with that decision. It’s good to follow your heart.”

You can watch Aguilera’s full interview about Levine’s departure from The Voice below.

While Aguilera may not have been surprised by Levine’s choice to leave the show, we sure were! We bet many of y’all were shocked as well.

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